Here is a list of 10 foods that you can use well past their expiration dates.

Now remember you have to use common sense if it looks bad or smells bad then it’s not worth making your family sick but as a general rule these items do not expire even though they have expiration dates on them.  The Food & Drug Administration requires companies to put an expiration date on all food items but that doesn’t mean you can’t use them past the expiration date.  I do all the time.  Many items will lose their potency like herbs but the items listed below are fine to use way post their expiration date.

There is new legislation that will simplify our food labels in the near future – it’s about time.  They are so confusing “use by” “expiration date” and more.

We through thousands of dollars worth of food away each year that can be used past their expiration or use by dates.

  1. Eggs – are good for up to five (5) weeks after their expiration date provided they have been properly refrigerated. How do you know if they’re still good, toss the eggs in a bowl of water, if it sinks, then it’s still good to eat. But if they float, throw them away.
  2. Cheese – you obviously don’t want to eat mold on cheese but if you think about how cheese is made you won’t be so afraid to cut that mold off and eat the remainder of that expensive cheese.
  3. Dry Pasta – has up to a 2 year shelf life provided it is kept in a cool environment.  If it is kept in a hot environment it can make bugs and you would want to toss that.
  4. Bread – of course it will be stale but there are many things you can do with stale bread like making French Toast, Bread Crumbs, Croutons or just freeze it before it gets stale.
  5. Yogurt – unopened yogurt will last up to 2 weeks after it’s expiration date.  Remember if it looks gross or smells gross then it’s time to toss it otherwise it’s fine to eat.  If you wind up with excess yogurt and want to use it before it expires you can make smoothies (and freeze them in plastic bags), yogurt pops for the kids (freeze them) or make salad dressings and freeze them as well.
  6. Chocolate – if chocolate is stored in a cool place (70 degrees or below), it will outlast its sell-by date for many months.
  7. Condiments – things like mustard, mayo and jam or jelly can last long past their expiration dates if they are properly stores or refrigerated.  Turn them upside down to keep the air out (make sure they are properly closed or you will have a huge mess) you can even place a piece of plastic wrap under the cap and they will last you a long time.  I’ve been using expired mustard, jams or jellies for a long time but of course I smell and taste them to make sure they are still good to consume. I’m a bit more apprehensive about Mayo since it contains eggs.
  8. Frozen Foods – don’t be so quick to toss that frozen food that has expired.  As long as it is not freezer burnt it’s perfectly fine to use.
  9. Bagged Lettuce – my mother in law taught me this trick years ago when I first got married.  She taught to me take a paper towel and place it inside the bagged lettuce and it will keep much longer.  The paper towel absorbs the moisture which causes the lettuce to get rancid faster.  Make sure you change the paper towel often or as soon as it gets wet and you will see how much longer your bagged salad will last.
  10. Milk – experts say you can freeze milk to extend the life but for me the key is “organic” milk.  We don’t drink a lot of milk in our house but it never fails each time I have a recipe that calls for milk I’m out of it.  I started to notice that the expiration dates on organic milk were three times as long as the expiration dates on regular cows milk.  Believe organic milk is worth the extra money and will last 3-4 weeks in your refrigerator.  When my dad was a live and living alone I would buy him organic so that it would last a long time.  Give it a try you won’t be sorry and organic dairy is my healthier for your family to consume.

 

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Do you know all the health benefits of Macha Tea?

While watching the Dr. Oz show today I was enlightened about all the health benefits of drinking Macha Tea.  I had heard about the tea before but never really paid much attention to it until now.  Try to invest in an “organic matcha” to avoid destroying any of the health benefits from the chemical pesticides that other teas are sprayed with during the growing process.  It’s such a small investment to improve your health so give it a try.  I am going to order today.  I found a few brands that have great reviews (below) so just click on the brand and it will take you right to place your order.

You may also want to invest in a Matcha Tea wisk it is necessary to get the best result from your loose tea. See below for inexpensive ones you can purchase.

Here are the health benefits that Matcha Tea is supposed to provide:

1. High in Antioxidants
2. Loaded with Catechin, EGCg
3. Enhances Calm (boy do I need this)
4. Boosts Memory and Concentration (boy do I need this too)
5. Increases Energy Levels and Endurance
6. Burns Calories
7. Detoxifies the Body
8. Fortifies the Immune System
9. Improves Cholesterol

How to make Matcha Tea in a cup! (Watch this video)

STEP ONE: Heat spring or filtered water to 175-180 degrees this is important you don’t want the water too too hot.
STEP TWO: Add a few drops of hot water to matcha powder and mix into paste with a matcha wisk.
STEP THREE: Add more hot water to paste mixture and stir. Try 1 teaspoon to 6 ounces of water. Adjust measurement to suit taste.
STEP FOUR: Matcha is ready to drink

 

 

 

Stevia vs. sugar which do you use?

After being diagnosed with severe hypoglycemia I had to find an alternative to sugar.  I have the worst sweet tooth so it was and still is very difficult for me.  I joined an on-line support group and stevia was recommended by many of the folks like me who cannot have sugar but crave sweet.  I use Stevita brand (it was the only brand available back when I was first diagnosed) it’s the only one I like but you may use another brand that is right for me.  I have tried several brands, there are so many on the market now you have lot’s of choices, I didn’t.  However I have stayed with Stevita because for me it has the most “natural” taste.

Here is a conversion chart provided by the folks at Stevita in case you need to bake with stevia.

Stevita brand products can be purchased at Amazon.com 

 

Power Pressure Cooker to the rescue!

What do you do when you can’t get out to the market and you have limited ingredients available in your pantry/freezer – you make up a recipe and use your #PowerPressureCookerXL.

I cannot tell you how many times this amazing appliance has saved me from take out food.  If you are going to invest in one appliance this year it should be a Power Pressure Cooker XL.

 

This is what I had to work with:

(1) box of dry pasta

(1) 2 lb bag of frozen shrimp

(1) 7 ounce container of pesto

(1) cup of white wine

(3) cups of chicken stock

(1) 1/4 stick of butter

 

I combined all the ingredients in the Power Pressure Cooker XL – put it on “rice/risotto” function button for 12 minutes top with graded Pecorino Romano cheese and you’ve got a delicious meal. My family loved it!

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Banza Chickpea Pasta Review!

If you have been following me for a while you would know that I have a severe case of hypoglycemia.  I cannot eat many of the foods that others eat on a daily basis such as pasta, potatoes, rice, bread, just about all starches that turn into sugar after your stomach has digested them.  For someone who grew up Italian this is torture for me.  I have had to eliminate almost all of these foods from my diet or anything made with these products completely.  I spend hours in the market and specialty food stores reading ingredients and most times walk out empty handed.

I happen to stumble on a product called Banza. It is a pasta made with chickpea flour instead of the traditional semolina flour that other pasta products are made with. Banza has double the protein, four times the fiber, and nearly half the net carbs. It is also gluten free for those of you who have eliminated gluten from your diet. Since Banza does not turn into sugar like traditional pasta after digestion it would be great for someone who is diabetic as well. You can use Banza in place of your regular brand of pasta and your recipe will turn out just as delicious.

Banaz comes in the following varieties:  Ziti, Shells, Penne, Elbows, Spaghetti and a variety of Mac and Cheese flavors.  You can see them all here on the Banza website!

Banza can also be purchased at Amazon.  Banza is available at retails stores as well.  See their store locator here!

Needless to say I am doing the “happy dance” because I can finally enjoy a plate of pasta with my family without getting sick.  You cannot image what happens to me when I eat regular pasta – migraine headache, jitters, sick to my stomach to the point I have to stay in bed for the entire day after it is ingested.  Banaza is the answer to my prayers.

The rep was kind enough to send me six boxes of Banza to try.  They are almost gone now as I use one each time I serve my family pasta for dinner. Needless to say I will  be stocking up on Banza so that I can enjoy a pasta dinner once again.

Just a tip when preparing Banza, make sure to use plenty of water when cooking this product.  It does take longer to cook than regular pasta but just follow the instructions on the box and taste test as you are cooking it.

Give Banza a try I am certain you will love it as much as I do and it is much more nutritious than traditional pasta and has less carbs so you won’t have to feel guilty anymore about eating your pasta.

www.GourmetGiftBaskets.com Review

I had the pleasure of receiving two items from www.GourmetGiftBaskets.com for review recently.  One was a box of beautifully decorated chocolate covered strawberries and the other a gift basket full of breakfast items.

Here is a little video unveiling I have prepared for you.

The strawberries arrived first in a foil pouch with an ice packet to keep them at a certain temperature so that they did not melt.  I thought that was a wonderful idea since I have in the past received perishable items that have spoiled or melted because of the temperature change.  They were fresh and delicious.

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