SMORGASBORD: Olympic munching ... No power? No SweatAre you planning on watching the Olympics on television. If the answer is yes, here are some beverages for your late-night viewing and some British bacon for an English breakfast.
By: Herald Staff Report, Grand Forks Herald
Are you planning on watching the Olympics on television. If the answer is yes, here are some beverages for your late-night viewing and some British bacon for an English breakfast.
• Add interesting sips (besides Fuller’s ales) to your Olympic Games gatherings with Fentimans Botanically Brewed Beverages. Herbs and roots flavor recipes that drink-makers began using in England more than a century ago with a ginger beer. Today, the ginger beer (testers found it refreshing) is part of a nine-flavor lineup including shandy (hints of malt) and dandelion & burdock (a lovely pear-ginger-anise brew). A 9.3-ounce bottle retails for about $1.99.
Find store locations at drinkfentimans.com.
• Have an Olympics-watching party and English breakfast: eggs, grilled tomatoes, mushrooms, bangers (sausages), beans and bacon. Not the usual strips (Brits call that “streaky bacon”), but slices of back bacon by Spencer’s Jolly Posh British and Irish Foods. Nicholas Spencer dry-cures pork loin so there’s less fat but lots of flavor we love. Suggested retail price for an 8-ounce package is $6. Find store locations at spencerfoods.com. It’s also available online at zingermans.com.
No power? No sweat
Recent power outages, coupled with the extreme heat, raised questions about whether food in refrigerators and freezers was safe to keep.
If your power was out just a few hours and you didn’t open the refrigerator or freezer, chances are the food is OK. A refrigerator should keep food cold for four hours and a half-full freezer 24 hours (48 hours if the freezer is full) if you don’t open the doors, according to the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service.
Here’s a clip-and-save checklist gleaned from www.fsis.usda.gov to have handy next time the power goes out:
• Try not to open the refrigerator and freezer doors (doing so lets the cold air escape).
• If you know the power will be out for an extended period, get ice or dry ice to keep foods cold.
• Use a refrigerator-freezer thermometer to check the temperature.
• In either the refrigerator or freezer, if the temperature is 40 degrees or below, the food is safe.
• Check the packages. If food still contains ice crystals or is at 40 degrees or below when checked with a food thermometer, you can refreeze it.
• Group foods together in the freezer to help them stay cold longer.
• Keep food on ice in coolers.
• Never taste food to determine whether it’s safe.
Toss these foods:
• Meat, poultry, fish, soft cheeses, milk, yogurt, eggs, leftovers, hot dogs, bacon, lunch meats, pizza, shredded cheeses, casseroles, pasta and pasta sauces.
• Cream-based salad dressings, sauces and soups.
• Opened mayonnaise, tartar sauce and horseradish.
• Pasta salads with creamy or mayonnaise-based dressings.
• Sour cream-based dips.
• Fruits and vegetables that have become slimy or spoiled.
Keep these foods:
• Condiments, such as ketchup, mustard, jelly, jams, soy sauce and bottled marinade. Typically, these have high salt and sugar content that can act as a preservative.
• Fresh bread and rolls.
• Fruits and vegetables that show no signs of decay.
• The best rule to follow: “When in doubt, throw it out.”