­Safeguard Your Food

Written by Jay Harris

Every year, an estimated 7 million Americans suffer from cases of foodborne illness. Some cases are violent and even result in death. Of course this is commonly known as "food poisoning." The culprit is food that has dangerously high levels of bacteria due to improper cooking or handling.

Food safety is usually taken for granted byrepparttar buying public but everyone's attention was recently directed to food poisoning involving some meat that was undercooked. It was determined thatrepparttar 148173 problem never would have happened ifrepparttar 148174 meat had been cooked properly. E.Coli 0157.H7 is a potent virus, but it can be completely destroyed whenrepparttar 148175 meat is fully cooked.

It is important for consumers to take an all-around safety approach to purchasing, storing and preparing both traditional and new meat and poultry products. Ultimately, consumers and food handlers bearrepparttar 148176 responsibility for keeping food safe once it leavesrepparttar 148177 store.

According torepparttar 148178 U.S. Department of Agriculture, about 85 percent of foodborne illness cases could be avoided each year if consumers would handle food properly. The most common foodborne illnesses are caused by a combination of bacteria, naturally present inrepparttar 148179 environment, and food handling mistakes. Ironically, these are alsorepparttar 148180 easiest types of foodborne illnesses to prevent. Proper cooking or processing of raw meat and poultry kills bacteria that can cause foodborne illness.

When you're out, grocery shop last, take food straight home torepparttar 148181 refrigerator. And never leave food in a hot car! Don't buy anything you won't use beforerepparttar 148182 use-by date. Don't buy food in poor condition. Make sure refrigerated food is cold torepparttar 148183 touch. Frozen food should be rock-solid. Canned goods should be free of dents, cracks or bulging lids which can indicate a serious food poisoning threat.

Your Guide to Shopping for an Espresso Machine

Written by Espresso Machines and More!

You might be a little shocked and surprised when you start your espresso machine shopping adventure. These machines aren't cheap! Notrepparttar good ones anyway.

But, if you take out pad and pen and dorepparttar 148172 math, you will quickly decide that a home machine - a good home machine - will pay for itself rather quickly.

Let's assume that you buy just one espresso drink per day atrepparttar 148173 modest cost of $3.50 (I know most drinks run higher and many of us cannot get by on just one per day!) That adds up to over $1277 per year! If you have friends, roommates, family (my wife, oh my wife!), then you can easily seerepparttar 148174 cost-effectiveness of anrepparttar 148175 commercial grade home models.

Plus, when you get good at making drinks (and that's a lot of fun), you can wow friends and family. It beats a card trick most everytime.

A Word of Caution when Buying an Espresso Machine

If you're budget minded, like I am, you might be tempted to snap up a $60 expresso machine at Target. Hey, I love Target too. But you will likely be disappointed byrepparttar 148176 performance ofrepparttar 148177 machine. Frankly, I think a good barista can make a decent drink on any machine - but you'll likely wish you saved up a bit over time and purchased a higher quality pump-driven model.

It's true thatrepparttar 148178 pump-driven espresso makers are bigger, heavier, and more difficult to use (until you learn to use it). But they'll produce a better cup of coffee. And you will be happier inrepparttar 148179 long-run as a result.

What should I look for when buying an espresso machine?

Machine Look and Design:

Ask any barista; Making a good cup of espresso is an art form. The best espresso machines, largely influenced by their Italian roots, are themselves a work of art. Givenrepparttar 148180 wide variety of high performance machines available, you'll want to select a machine that complements your own unique style.

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