Yearly Archives: 2014

So how safe is – Red Meat?

This week, I thought it might be interesting to look at  red meat  - what it means and whether it is safe or not. Red meat is considered to be any meat from the following; beef, sheep, pork, deer, goat, buffalo, bison, kangaroo and ostrich. Safety Red meat is one of the potentially hazardous foods…
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So how safe is – Bacon?

Let's have a look at how safe another food is , as well as a bit of history and whether it is good for you or not. This time - BACON. Safety bacon is a potentially hazardous food (it will allow bacterial growth if not handled properly) so must be stored below 5C (41F) and held above…
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So how safe is – the potato?

This is the first in a new and ongoing fact series  showing how safe certain foods are, as well as some history and other interesting facts about those foods. We start with - the potato. It is perhaps the most versatile vegetable in the world and can be served; roasted, grilled, boiled, mashed, BBQ, sautéed…
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Rubbish in Rubbish out.

It doesn't matter how good your systems are or how fabulous your equipment is, if you are using poor quality ingredients or packaging, you will be struggling to produce a really good quality final product. We all know that cost is everything, or at least that is how we have thought in the past. The…
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To eat beef or not to eat beef, that is the sustainability question?

Many people love their steaks and probably could not imagine a world without being able to tuck into one every so often. It is widely acknowledged that weight for weight insects have more protein than most current meat sources, but could these same people see them selves tucking into a plate full of garlic fried…
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So when is too much too much

So if the instructions on the cleaning chemical says to use a certain amount, then it does a much better job if you add more, right??? Well, let's look at that; Using more will mean that each cleaning task will cost more proportionally Using more will mean that you have to buy that chemical more…
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So why do some confuse recycling with reusing?

This image is courtesy of www.zerowaste.sa.gov.au The Waste Hierarchy is how we , both businesses and homes, should consider waste, with the very last option being to dispose. This image effectively shows which of the seven steps are better  for the environment and for our wallets / budgets. AVOID Simply not having packaging material or…
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So how much risk can a contamination really be?

Today an article appeared in The Sun in the UK about a KFC store where a customer recently bought a crumbed and then deep fried cleaning cloth. Understandably the customer is more than a little angry. In itself, this anger is bad enough as, we all know, unhappy customers talk to a lot of people…
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Labels are there to give information

Labels on food packaging is all about information. It is information required by law, information for the customer / consumer and information for the business. All this information has to fit into the space available on the package in a way that can be easily read. To meet these three requirements for information is not…
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So what do all these words on the label mean?

Came across this great article from well known Nutritionist, Catherine Saxelby, and thought I'd copy it into this blog for you. She sends this sort of brilliant information in her regular newsletter, and on her website - Foodwatch. Foodwatch Dietary Dictionary! Inulin or insulin – it’s all in that ‘s’ Inulin is a type of carbohydrate that we…
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