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Product Spotlight: Edlund Knife Sterilizer Cabinet

Clean Those Knives!

The Edlund Knife Sterilizer Cabinet is the perfect way to clean your knives. It holds up to 12 at a time and features a stainless steel construction.

Looking For The Best Knife Sterilizer?

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The Edlund Knife Sterilizer Cabinet provides better sterilization compared to other methods. Our one of a kind non-filtering transparent slotted knife holder and unique mirrored interior walls get rid of shadows on knife surfaces in the cabinet that could prevent full sterilization. The easy to use mechanical timer can be set for up to fifteen minutes, but the KSUV-18 will safely sterilize your knifes in as little as three minutes with ninety nine percent efficacy. It’s like a SPF-99 (Sterilization Protection Factor) for your knives.

Features of the Edlund Knife Sterilizer Cabinet

  • Holds up to 12 knives for added convenience.
  • Has an LED light indicator to let you know when sterilization is complete.
  • UV protecting plexiglass door that features a lockable handle.
  • Stainless steel construction.

5 Blacklisted Foods You Can Can Actually Eat During Pregnancy

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As modern medicine constantly gets more advanced, we get to understand more about the body than our ancestors could have ever known. New research methods have grown exponentially in the past 20 years. Sometimes this understanding leads to important advances—learning that smoking cigarettes is bad for you, as an example—but sometimes it also leads to misinformation. The rules regarding things women can and can’t do during pregnancy seem to be ever-shifting. If you’ve had three babies over 10 years, you might have heard different rules during each pregnancy. While it may seem like you keep hearing about foods that you can’t eat while pregnant, here are five foods that you may have heard were bad but you actually can eat (provided you obey some simple caveats).

1) Soft Cheeses

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It has long been said that pregnant women should avoid soft cheeses like camembert and brie for fear of them carrying the listeria bacteria. While listeria is definitely something you want to avoid as listeriosis can cause miscarriage or premature delivery, you may be able to eat your soft cheese without the risk. As long as your cheese is made from pasteurized milk, it is fine to eat according to the FDA. Almost all cheeses sold in the U.S. are made with pasteurized milk, but you should never assume that to be true. Make sure to check all labels of foods you are considering, but as long as the milk is pasteurized, feel free to have some brie on your crackers and some feta in your salad.

2) Deli Meats

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Another food that has a reputation for needing to be avoided during pregnancy is the deli meat. Another possible harbor for listeria, deli meats should be avoided when they are cold. If you heat them up, however, it will kill the bacteria. Get your sandwich prepared, and then pop it in the microwave or toaster oven. Heat up the meat until it is steaming, and it will be safe for you and your baby.

3) Sushi

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Yes, you should avoid raw fish while pregnant, but there are many kinds of sushi rolls that contain cooked fish. In fact, there are some that contain no fish at all. If you are going to have sushi, stick to cooked fish. Also, be sure to avoid the fish that are especially high in mercury, including swordfish, king mackerel, shark, and tilefish. You can have limited amounts of tuna, but don’t overdo it.

4) Fresh Fruits and Vegetables

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There have long been conflicting reports about whether it is safe to eat fresh produce while pregnant for fear that it could contain E. coli, salmonella, or other dangerous bacteria. Recent consensus seems to indicate, however, that eating fresh fruits and vegetables is not only okay but highly encouraged as long as you take the proper precautions to make sure they are clean. Thoroughly wash anything you intend to consume, whether it claims to have already been washed or not. Even if you are eating a fruit without the skin, such as an orange, you should still wash the peel so that you don’t transfer the germs from the outside into the fruit while you are peeling it.

5) Coffee

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While not really a food, many women go through withdrawals if deprived from their daily cup of coffee. Caffeine should be avoided in large doses, but studies have shown that the amount of caffeine in one or two cups of coffee a day won’t harm the baby. You may still have to cut back if you are a heavy coffee-drinker, but you won’t have to go cold turkey.

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Food Safety Basics – What You Need To Know

Food safety is the first premise of eating healthy. Nevertheless, too many people habitually disregard the basic principles of safely storing and handling food, exposing themselves to unnecessary health risks. In the vast majority of cases, foodborne illness can be prevented simply by consistently following a few sensible rules for preventing food contamination and degradation.

Making The Food Safe

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The first step in making food safe for consumption involves basic hygiene. In order to avoid contamination, anything that comes into contact with the food needs to be kept clean during all the stages of food storage, handling, preparation, and consumption. Washing your hands with water and soap before handling food in any way is the simplest and, perhaps, the most important of precautions.

If a meal preparation consists of several distinct stages, involving different food types, it would be best to also wash your hands between stages. The same precautions should apply to containers and utensils: keep them clean, and wash them before reusing them on different food types, such as raw meat and cooked leftovers.

Wash Raw Vegetables

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Consuming raw vegetables and fruits is certainly beneficial, but washing them first is a must. Also ensure that all uncooked food is not only clean, but reasonably fresh. Many raw food types spoil easily under inadequate storage conditions; always keep food in a cool and dry environment, preferably in covered containers, protected from microbial spores and pests; untreated animal products should always be refrigerated. Many consumers have chosen to shop at places like Whole Foods to get organic vegetables that aren’t treated with harmful chemicals like pesticides.When buying vegetables make sure to inspect each one thoroughly for irregularities like surface marks and off-coloring.

Cook Food Thoroughly

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When cooking food, do it thoroughly, as prolonged heat exposure destroys most infectious agents and parasites; this is particularly important for animal products, such as meat, eggs, poultry, and fish. Freshly cooked meals should be kept hot and covered until ready to serve. Cooked food is highly perishable, and should never be stored at room temperature for more than a couple of hours; even refrigeration should not be counted upon for long periods of time.

Separate Storage Containers

Avoid storing different food types in the same container; from a health care perspective, cooked food and raw food are particularly incompatible, and prolonged contact between them can constitute a health hazard. You should also use separate kitchen utensils for raw meat (including here all animal-flesh products, such as seafood and poultry), raw vegetables and fruits, and cooked food; raw meat, in particular, is a potentially dangerous contamination source.

Thaw Frozen Foods

Frozen food of any kind should not be thawed at room temperature, as this can lead to microbial buildup. Using the refrigerator for defrosting may not be the quickest, but it is the safest method. Thawing in cold water can also work, but you should place the food in a clean container, rather than directly into the sink; never forget to change the water frequently. The microwave oven can also be used to defrost foods such as pasta and soups.

Prevent Foodborne Illness

Preventing foodborne illness is undoubtedly preferable to treating it, and habitually following these simple food safety precautions can have a major positive impact on your general state of health. Proper attention to the basic principles of safely storing, handling, and serving food will pay dividends for the rest of your life; always keep in mind that safe food is the starting point of any healthy diet.