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Now I Know My ABC’s: The Restaurant Grading System

Tuesday, July 9th, 2013  |  Posted by Toby Amidor  /  Filed under Food Safety  /  Comments: 1
  By Carolyn Daman, Guest Blogger Does the letter grade you see on a restaurant window affect whether or not you decide to eat at that establishment? Restaurant Grades
In July 2010, the New York City Department of Health began requiring restaurants to post a letter grade that reflects their sanitary inspection outcome. Health inspections occur at least once a year to assess how well a restaurant is meeting the City…

Does Oil Spoil?

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013  |  Posted by Toby Amidor  /  Filed under Food Safety, Tips  /  Comments: more
By Greta Breskin, M.S., Guest Blogger Have you ever looked at that old bottle of olive oil in your pantry and wondered, “does this stuff ever go bad?” I was pondering that very question when packing up my kitchen last week (I just moved to a new house). Some of my oils had been in the cabinet next to my stove for over a year – I ended up tossing most of them. The Spoilage Story
Over time oils do spoil – they go rancid.…

Step-by-Step: Make Ahead Meals

Thursday, September 20th, 2012  |  Posted by Toby Amidor  /  Filed under Food Safety, Meal Ideas, Tips  /  Comments: 1
Start saving time on cooking and eat home-cooked meals more often. Sound too good to be true? It’s possible! It’s all about planning ahead, picking the right recipe, and making extras. Here are step-by-step instructions on how to get it done. The Benefits
Making meals ahead of time can help reduce the amount of unhealthy snacking which usually happens while the kiddos are waiting for dinner to be ready. It can also…

Are You A Double Dipper?

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012  |  Posted by Toby Amidor  /  Filed under Food Safety  /  Comments: more
My grandma is the quintessential double dipper—or shall I say triple or quadruple dipper. She likes to dip her bread in the cream cheese container, re-dip in the container and again for a third time to get any cream cheese lingering on the container cover.  Is this just an unappetizing habit or can it actually make you sick? The Issue
My grandma isn’t the only double dipper in the family—certain other nameless family…

Packing a Safe Summer Picnic

Wednesday, July 6th, 2011  |  Posted by Toby Amidor  /  Filed under Ask Toby, Food Safety  /  Comments: 1
Question: I like to go on picnics during the summer. How do I make sure to keep my food safe? Answer: Picnics are a fun way to enjoy the summer weather and your favorite picnic foods. However, food bugs reproduce rapidly in warm weather and can cause illness. Being aware of the time food spends in warm weather can help keep food safe.  Time
Foods that need to be kept cold (or hot) have a specific window of time when they’re…