A novel coronavirus is a new coronavirus that has not been previously identified. The virus causing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), is not the same as the coronaviruses that commonly circulate among humans and cause mild illness, like the common cold.
Can a person become sick with COVD-19 from food? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention “We are not aware of any reports at this time of human illnesses that suggest COVID-19 can be transmitted by food or food packaging. However, it is always important to follow good hygiene practices (i.e., wash hands and surfaces often, separate raw meat from other foods, cook to the right temperature, and refrigerate foods promptly) when handling or preparing foods.”
Handwashing is important in every day life. This includes:
Have you noticed the change? The Nutrition Facts Label has had its first major update in over 20 years. The goal is to help consumers make informed food choices for lifelong healthy eating habits.
The serving size is now in a larger, bold font. Some serving sizes have been updated to reflect what people typically eat and drink today. The serving size is not a recommendation of how much to eat.
Calories are in a larger, bolder font so they are easy to find.
Daily values (%DV) have been updated. A 5% or below DV is considered low. A 20% DV or more is considered high.
The nutrient list has been updated to remove calories from fat and vitamins A and C. Grams of added sugars has been added because consuming too much added sugars takes away other nutrient needs. Vitamin D and potassium were added because most people do not get enough.
If you are thinking about trying food fermentation, the new Ball® Fermentation Kit can help you succeed. This kit is an all-in-one solution to help the beginner or experienced fermenter.
The kit includes one wide mouth quart jar, one fermentation lid with a vent to keep oxygen out of the jar, one stainless steel spring to keep the food submerged under the brine during fermentation, pickling salt, and a step-by-step recipe book. Start with fresh ingredients. Do not alter ingredient proportions or fermentation time.
More new items will be on store shelves this year for canning, freezing a storage.
A new pint jar, called a Flute, can be used for canning, gifting, crafting, and drinking beverages. They have a regular mouth size with a wider bottom. The four jar pack includes lids and rings, the six pack is jars only to use as drinking glasses.
New Freezer Jars are plastic containers that are square in shape with rounded corners. They will be in 8 oz. and 16 oz. sizes. The lid is airtight and they stack easily to save space.
Whether you are cooking a raw ham or preparing a ready-to eat ham product, follow these steps for a ham that is cooked to perfection.
Ham that is not ready-to-eat but has the appearance of ready-to-eat products will bear a statement on the label indicating the product needs cooking.
Ham that requires cooking before consumption or fresh, raw ham must reach an internal temperature of 145°F (with a three-minute rest time). Set the oven no lower than 325°F.
Cooked canned ham and cooked vacuum-packaged ham, both from federally inspected plants, can be eaten right out of the package. All of these along with spiral-cut cooked ham are safe to eat cold or can be warmed to an internal temperature of 145°F, as they are already fully cooked. For cooked hams that have been repackaged in any other location outside the processing plant, heat to an internal temperature of 165°F, measured with a food thermometer, before you serve it.
Canning food at home is a great way to preserve fresh food and reduce food waste. But, if problems occur, that food is wasted. Of all reported canning failures, 99% are due to user error. Here are the most common reasons:
Following old or unsafe recipes
Using untested recipes
Using old, unsafe family canning methods
Using the wrong jar size
Using improper processing methods for the food being preserved
Storing the canned food in the wrong type of location such as the garage, shed, crawl space, etc.
Adjusting the screw band too tightly
Not adjusting for altitude
Source: Newell Brands Inc., owners of Ball and Kerr products