January is National Soup Month and a great time to make a large hot kettle of soup to warm you up. Soups require special food safe cooling and storage procedures, so as to prevent food illness. Hot foods bound for the refrigerator or freezer must be cooled quickly, so as to decrease the chances for harmful bacteria to grow, keeping your food safe to eat.
Black-eyed peas and beans are some of the typical traditional foods served on New Year’s Day and symbolize wealth and are thought to bring luck and prosperity.
But, beans need to be cooked properly or a food illness will occur. Uncooked beans contain a natural protein toxin which is harmful to humans and causes food illness. This toxin is only neutralized by cooking beans at boiling temperature.
A juice cleanse is a tasty way to detoxify your body. But, as beneficial as raw juice may be, the raw produce can contain harmful foodborne bacteria such as E. coli, Salmonella, or Listeria.
There are some important food safety principles and procedures you should follow when making raw juice to prevent food illness.