Food Safety /Nutrition
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Mythbuster Monday: Hard brown sugar

So you’re in the baking aisle and you look over bags of brown sugar for that perfect cookie (or cookie bite) recipe.

But you notice that those brown sugar bags are hard. And you wonder: What’s the deal? And then: Is it OK to eat?

The short answer: Yes!

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The hardening happens because brown sugar is the well hydrated cousin of granulated sugar. …

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#TipTuesday: Waxy olives

Picture it: It’s Pizza Night at your house! You’re making a gorgeous homemade pizza and you need to top it off with some pitted black olives so … you crack open a can of olives and find what appear to be some “questionable” ones inside.

You know, those that appear to be kind of covered in a waxy, sort of slimy-looking film?

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Behind the Scenes: Recall Process

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A product has been recalled.

Now what happens at Festival Foods? How do we determine if our guests have received the affected product? What types of precautions do we take at the store level to make sure our guests don’t purchase those recalled products?

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Bakery /Food Safety /Produce
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Addressing Food Waste

Did you know that each year in the United States alone over 60 million tons of food is wasted? That is a lot of grub! That’s also a big problem. At Festival Foods, we are committed to our green initiatives, which includes the repurposing of a lot of what was once – waste! Here are three major ways that Festival Foods is part of the food waste solution:

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Team Food Safety: How we take care of you

It seems like food recalls are in the news every week. Or heck, almost every day.

And food safety is something we take incredibly seriously at Festival Foods. So much so that we have a crack team of associates dedicated to making sure the products we offer our guests are the highest possible quality.

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And what better way to highlight our commitment …

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When the Weather Outside is Frightful….

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The weather in Wisconsin is constantly changing and we never know what the next day (or even hours) will bring so it’s a great idea to be prepared for anything. Everyone runs to the store when they hear “Big Storm” in the forecast but do you really know what you should have on hand? While chips and beer are common purchases- let’s look at getting the …

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Should You Wash Your Fruit and Vegetables?

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We’re not suggesting that your fruits and veggies should be soaked for hours, but it’s a great idea to give them a quick scrub before eating! While studies vary about the necessity and method of washing produce, health experts and scientists do agree that produce, grown either conventionally or organically, is safe to eat and we should be consuming more of these in an …

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Bring a Dish to Pass…but please make it a safe dish to eat!

Holiday food safety tips #festfoods

We’re often called on to make and take food to a variety of events during the holidays so now is the perfect time to brush up on food safety tips to ensure that your celebrations don’t go awry.

The first thing to keep in mind is that some people are at greater risk of serious illness or …

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Is Outdated Food Still Edible?

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Did you see the recent news story about the grocery store in Boston that is selling only outdated products? Yes, it’s true. Doug Rauch, the man behind the very successful Trader Joe’s retail chain is opening new stores that will sell “outdated products” at a much lower price. How can he do this? Simple- the dates on most foods are just suggestions because the food doesn’t …

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Food Safety Tips for Outdoor Cooking

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A recent survey shows that three out of four households in the United States own some form of outdoor grill or smoker. Cooking and eating outside is always fun but eating outdoors in warm weather presents a food safety challenge. Bacteria in food multiply faster at temperatures between 40°F and 140°F, so summer heat makes the basics of food safety especially important.

I found this …

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