This month’s tips will deal with food safety and the way to shop in a grocery store, courtesy of Consumer Reports:
- Wash or clean the inside of your reusable bags monthly and keep them in the cleanest part of your car.
- Wipe the cart handle with the disinfectant item the store provides or bring your own. The Journal of Food Protection Trends found E. coli on 50% of shopping cart handles (astounding!).
- Check your eggs. Open the carton to be sure they’re all intact. If an egg breaks on the way home, cook it within 24 hours.
- Bag meat of any kind separately and, at home, keep it in the same separate bag until ready to use.
- Organize your cart; keep meat/poultry separated from other foods around it. After you have handled meat, disinfect your hands before shopping for other items.
- Keep frozen foods together to help to keep them cold longer.
- Get your food home in 2 hours; 1 hour in hot weather.
We tend to hibernate in the winter and use our mobiles to order take-out food more often. According to Consumer Reports, the unhealthiest types of pizza from takeout brands are:
- Pizza Hut’s Meat Lover’s Stuffed Crust
- Domino’s Cali Chicken Bacon Ranch
- Papa John’s John’s Favorite
- Little Caesar’s 2 Meat Treat.
The healthiest store-bought frozen pizzas are:
- American Flatbread Tomato Sauce and 3 Cheese
- Amy’s Cheese Pizza
- DiGiorno Original Rising Crust 4 Cheese Pizza
- California Pizza Kitchen 4 Cheese Crispy Thin Crust
If you’re thinking of buying a new TV to watch the Superbowl, Consumer Reports suggests you buy a leftover 2017 model because the 2018 models aren’t likely to offer important technologies that weren’t already built into the 2017’s, especially in larger TV’s from major brands. For instance, in 2016 a 55″ Samsung was selling for $899 in the Spring and $699 the following January.
Have a good week. GO PATS!
Life is getting less complicated with the year winding down and the transition to Compass less hectic, so I’m back to my monthly home tips. We’ll be settled in our new and beautiful office on the east end of Harvard Square, at the corner of Mass. Ave. and Trowbridge, this week. I hope you find the tips helpful; I have the names of local contractors if you need them. Please visit me at our new office.
Debate continues on the deleterious effects of cell phone use. Users are advised against storing your phone in the pockets of your clothing.
This link is worth reading, especially if you travel a lot for business.
Unless you live in an area with little change in the seasons, now is a good time to prepare your house for the winter:
Have your heating system inspected;
Check your windows for loose caulking and have ill-fitting windows repaired or replaced;
Drain exterior spigots and irrigation systems;
Have your gutters cleaned and downspouts cleared (I personally know of several instances in which homeowners have been badly hurt by attempting to clean gutters themselves. Do hire a professional to do it.);
Have your chimney cleaned and checked for creosote buildup.