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  1. Slow Cooker Food-Safety Guide

    Slow cookers are certainly convenient, but if used incorrectly they can be hazardous. Temperatures between 40° and 140°F fall into the "Danger Zone" since bacteria thrive in these temperatures, so try to keep food from being in the Danger Zone for too long. Armed with our safety guide, you’ll be mak

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  2. Olive Oil Buyer's Guide

    Extra-virgin and virgin olive oil’s healthful properties come from rich levels of monounsaturated fat, which promote "good" cholesterol, as well as abundant polyphenols, powerful antioxidants that may help prevent cardiovascular disease and lower blood pressure. But when confronted with dozens of ol

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  3. A Buyer's Guide to Sugar Substitutes

    According to a recent survey, seven out of 10 adults say they want to reduce or avoid added sugars. To do so, they’re turning to sweeteners that deliver zero or minimal calories. Data from Mintel, a market research group in Chicago, shows that while sales of caloric sweeteners like sugar have been d

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  4. Basics of Food Safety

    When you cook at home it’s important to keep food safety in mind. The basic idea is to keep foods at the right temperature (for example, keep perishables properly chilled in your refrigerator) and avoid cross-contamination. Here are a few simple rules to follow. Keep foods cool when you’re shopping:

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  5. Green Choices: Seafood Buyer's Guide

    You may have decided to buy wild vs. farmed salmon but finding other sustainable seafood isn’t an easy task. At present the USDA has no organic certification program for seafood (an organic seafood label may mean nothing or that the fish was certified "organic" overseas). For sound environmental inf

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  6. Essential Grill Guide

    Here is a no-frills, essential quick-cooking guide to help you grill meat, poultry, seafood or even tofu. Pick one of these lean, quick-cooking proteins and follow the marinating times, cooking times and temperatures for perfect results every time you grill. Keep this guide on the refrigerator to en

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  7. Soyfoods Guide

    Long popular in the East, soyfoods have only recently found a home in Western kitchens. Yet beyond tofu, many people are still at a loss about what to do with the versatile bean. Soy foods are chock full of nutrients, are a great source of plant-based protein and unlike many other high protein foods

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  8. Squash Buyer's Guide

    Although available all year, winter squash is best enjoyed during harvest season—late summer through early winter. All varieties of delicious winter squash are packed with the antioxidants alpha and beta carotene. Here you’ll find some tips on what varieties to look for and how to choose them. Shopp

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  9. Alcohol Substitution Guide

    Sometimes alcohol is called for in recipes to enhance the overall flavor of a dish. If you prefer to cook without alcohol, it can be omitted from a recipe or replaced with a nonalcoholic alternative. Keep in mind that the overall flavor of the dish will not be exactly the same, but the substitutions

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  10. Greens Cooking Guide

    Dark leafy greens, such as kale, collards and chard, are nutrient powerhouses—rich in vitamins A, C and K. Look for greens in bunches in the produce section near lettuce; beets are sometimes sold with the greens still attached, but you can often find the greens sold separately as well. One pound of

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