How many times have you come home from the market and gone
to put away a new can of pinto beans, only to realize you already had three cans lurking in the farthest regions of your pantry? Maintaining order inside your pantry is one easy way to save time and money in this trying economy.
Organizing the food in your pantry can help you easily see what
you have and what you need to put on your grocery list. (Another way
to save money is always to travel with a list!) Here’s how to make your pantry pay off:
A recent study by Consumer Reports found traces of bacteria in packages of salad greens, even in bags that claim to be “prewashed.” While these bacteria traces usually do not pose a health risk to most people, experts say that they are a sign that not enough is being done to ensure that the produce is as safe or clean as the package labels allege.
While it may be tempting to shuck corn on the cob while still in the grocery store, doing so may be hazardous to this veggie’s nutrient content. Better to buy and store corn in the husk, then shuck it (i.e., pull back and remove the husks) right before cooking. If you will not be using it immediately, store corn in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. The corn is past its prime if the silks turn brown or dark.
According to the American Dietetic Association (ADA), about one-third of Americans currently take some kind of dietary supplements, especially nutrient supplements, such as vitamins and minerals. Because this appears to be a growing trend, the ADA recently released a position paper on nutrient supplements to inform consumers about the safety and efficacy of these unrestricted products.
You can pose your own question to our contributing editor Jennie McCary, MS, RD, LD, a registered dietitian and wellness manager for Albuquerque Public School District. She is president of New Mexico’s Dietetic Association and is New Mexico’s 2009 Outstanding Dietitian of the Year. Please send your questions, along with your name and city/state/country, to editor Sandy Webster at firstname.lastname@example.org.
It isn’t always easy to find fresh blueberries when you need them without paying a princely sum. But don’t worry: frozen blueberries are actually more nourishing than fresh, so long as they are wild. Research has shown that sweet wild blueberries, which are smaller than the fresh fruit, contain the highest level of antioxidants.ask the RD