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Living Well In Yalobusha County

Keep Food Preparation In Mind When Traveling

By Pamela Redwine


It’s a time-honored tradition for many people to bring food to gatherings, such as holiday meals. How do you decide who brings what or how to travel with food if you’re asked to bring something?
When assigning foods or deciding what to take, consider type of food and distance to travel. Remember the two-hour rule: Avoid leaving perishable foods at room temperature longer than two hours (one hour in warmer seasons when the temperature is over 90° F). The two hours includes preparation time for foods that aren’t cooked or foods that need more preparation steps after cooking.
People traveling a long distance might bring non-perishables such as rolls, breads and cookies. Those traveling about a half hour or less can more safely bring perishable foods such as meat, poultry, fish, eggs and dairy products or foods containing these items. Nearer relatives also are a better choice for providing salads, relishes and vegetables.
When traveling with food, keep HOT foods hot (140° F or higher) by wrapping them in foil, and then in heavy towels. Or, carry them in insulated wrappers or containers designed to keep food hot.
Place COLD foods in a cooler with ice or freezer packs or an insulated container with a cold pack so they remain at 40° F or lower, especially if traveling over a half hour.
When you arrive, place cold foods in the refrigerator. Place hot foods in an oven hot enough to keep the food at an internal temperature of 140° F or above; use a food thermometer to assure the food stays at a safe internal temperature. Plan to serve foods shortly after guests have arrived.
Another possibility is to carry all perishable food in an ice chest and come early. Then prepare the food after you arrive.
Remember: If you travel with food, take a detour around the “danger zone.” Keep hot foods hot (140° F or higher) and cold foods cold (40° F or lower).
Article Adapted from: http://food.unl.edu/web/safety/travel-with-food

Quick Chicken Gumbo

Ingredients:
1 teaspoon olive oil
1 (10-ounce) package frozen chopped onion, celery, and pepper blend
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 cup fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
1/4 teaspoon hot sauce
1 (14.5 ounce) can Cajun-style stewed tomatoes with pepper, garlic, and Cajun spices, undrained.
1 (10-ounce) package frozen cut okra
1 1/2 cups frozen diced cooked chicken breast
Directions:
Heat olive oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add frozen vegetable blend, and sauté 3 minutes.
Add flour, stirring well. Add chicken broth, hot sauce ,and tomoates: cook 3 minutes or until mixture is slightly thickened.  Add okra and chicken; cover and cook 8 minutes or until okra is tender.
 Per Serving: Calories: 164, Fat 3.1, Protein 16.8g, Carbohydrate 16.8g, Fiber 2.0g, Cholesterol 33mg, Sodium 462mg. Exchanges: 3 vegetables, 2 very lean meat
Recipe Source: Quick and Easy Diabetic Recipes

Extension Service
Club Gatherings

4-H Club
On Thursday, December 12 the 4- H Clover Buds and Yalobusha Buddies will go to the Yalobusha General Nursing Home to sing Christmas carols and pass out special gifts to all of the residents. The youth (and adults) have worked very hard making sun catchers for each of the 130 residents.
The Yalobusha 4-H will be walking in the Coffeeville Christmas parade this Saturday, December 14. Line-up is at 1:30 at the Old Avery Building.  The parade will begin at 2 p.m. Please call the Extension Office at 675-2730 to let me know that you and your child will be participating.

MHV Club
On Wednesday, December 11, 2013 the United Y.C. MHV Club will meet at the Extension Office at 10 a.m. to take books to the Bryant Head Start center.  They will then meet at B&B Barbecue at 11 a. m. for their Christmas Lunch. All members are encouraged to attend.

Healthy You Exercise Class
It has been cold and rainy outside and it can be hard to get your morning walk in. However, rain or shine, hot or cold the Healthy You Exercise class meets every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 9 a .m. in the conference room at the Extension Office located in the Multi-Purpose Building. Come walk with us.

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