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first_imgBy April ReeseUniversity of GeorgiaWhen you think of holiday food and your freezer, don’t think justof leftovers. Think of “planned-overs,” too.Planning ahead can make good use of your freezer and your time,says Elizabeth Andress, director of the National Center for HomeFood Preservation hosted by the University of Georgia College ofFamily and Consumer Sciences.”There are many advantages of freezing prepared foods,” Andresssaid.Cooking ahead and freezing theprepared foods enables you to: Be safeIf you cook ahead and freeze the prepared foods, though, rememberthat even fully cooked foods can grow bacteria if you don’t carefor them properly after you cook them.”Cool cooked foods quickly for safety and freshness,” Andresssaid. “Keeping foods at room temperature for several hours beforefreezing increases chances of spoilage and foodborne illness.”To cool hot food faster, put it in a pan or sink of ice water.This is especially important, she said, when preparing largeamounts of food. Change the ice water often or run cold wateraround the pan. When the food is cool, package and freeze itimmediately.What’s your bag?A recent NCHFP survey found that nearly everyone (94.4 percent)prefers to freeze foods in plastic freezer bags. You don’t haveto use plastic bags, though. There are many choices.”Packaging materials must be moisture-vapor-resistant, durableand leakproof,” Andress said. “Bags shouldn’t become brittle andcrack at low temperatures. They should be resistant to oils,grease or water. Packaging should protect foods from absorptionof off-flavors or odors. They should be easy to seal, too, andeasy to write on.”Good freezing materials include rigid containers made ofaluminum, glass, plastic or stainless steel. Bags and sheets ofmoisture-vapor-resistant wraps and laminated papers madespecifically for freezing are good choices, too.”Package foods in the amounts you want to use at one time,”Andress said. “Once food is thawed, it spoils more quickly thanfresh foods. Be sure to label each package with contents anddate.”Troublesome foodsSome foods don’t freeze well.”Milk sauces sometimes curdle and separate when frozen,” Andresssaid. “Stirring while reheating helps keep the product smooth.Using waxy rice flour or waxy corn flour as the thickener alsohelps to fix the problem.”Gravy also tends to separate and curdle when thawed, she said.”It’s better to freeze broth and make gravy just before serving,”she said. “Or use waxy rice flour or waxy corn flour as thethickener.”Cooked, creamed vegetables tend to lose flavor fast when frozen.Don’t put them in the freezer unless you’ll use them within threeweeks. Vegetables packed in sauce tend to retain their flavorlonger.Cook your vegetables, cool them quickly and then add sauce.Package them in freezer containers, leaving space to allow forexpansion.Lettuce, other greens, cucumbers, radishes and celery losecrispness and become soggy when you thaw them. Raw potatoes don’tfreeze well, either.Slice the turkeyFreezing whole, cooked turkeys isn’t considered safe.”As with any food, the time needed for freezing to take place inthe center of the item is the critical factor,” Andress said.”Trying to freeze a large mass like a whole cooked and stuffedturkey can keep the center warm enough for the hours it takessome bacteria to multiply to harmful levels.”Slice the turkey off the bone and package it in usable amounts,she said. Freeze stuffing separately, so it freezes quickly, too.One last disappointment: don’t save your holiday chocolatecovered cherries in the freezer. Expansion during freezing causesthem to break open.(April Reese is a writer for the National Center for Home FoodPreservation with the University of Georgia College of Family andConsumer Sciences.) Prepare food at your convenience.Use the oven more efficiently by baking more than one dish ata time.Save time by doubling or tripling recipes and freezing theextra planned-overs.Save small portions, if you cook for one or two.last_img read more

first_imgWINOOSKI FALLS NAMED WINNER OF THE2008 LIVABLE COMMUNITIES AWARDBURLINGTON, VT – The Winooski Falls project and its developers HallKeen, The Braverman Company and New Boston Fund will receive the 2008 Livable Communities Award for forward thinking in the field of home and community design. The Livable Communities Award, cosponsored by AARP and the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), honors builders, developers and remodelers that create attractive, well-designed homes and communities, which are safe, comfortable and accessible for people of all ages and abilities. This year, HallKeen, The Braverman Company and New Boston Fund is one of four winners nationally.”The boomers approaching retirement age have changed every institution they have encountered so far, from schools, to the workplace, to the suburbs,” said AARP Director of Livable Communities Elinor Ginzler. “Now city planners, developers and homebuilders are anticipating their next impact. This is happening at the same time the cost of gas and traffic congestion are providing incentives to reduce the need to drive. As a result, you see communities reinventing their downtowns to be more user-friendly as this year’s winner, Winooski, VT, did. You see suburbs building town centers to provide entertainment, goods and services closer to home. And you see builders looking to make their homes more user-friendly for a generation accustomed to amenities and comfort.”AARP Vermont teamed up with the City of Burlington and some 30 area organizations to launch the Burlington Livable Community Project three years ago. The group has worked to engage the community — stakeholder organizations and residents — in defining a vision and specific action steps to make Burlington more livable for an aging population. It focuses on three issue areas: housing, mobility, and community engagement and enthusiastically supports the national recognition being received by this project which fully embodies their agenda.HallKeen, The Braverman Company and New Boston Fund won the 2008 Livable Communities Award in the category of “Developer over 250 units”. The development provides residents with a real sense of small-town community and a strong identity with proximity to a riverfront walkway and many public transportation options, downtown Burlington, countless shops, restaurants, two college/university campuses and the largest hospital in the state. The community of Winooski prides itself on “smart growth” – building community while protecting the environment – offering energy-efficient, universally-designed and affordable units.The developer Ken Braverman Principal, HKW/LLC, stressed the positive impact projects like this can have on a community. “By putting smart growth principles into action, the Winooski Falls project demonstrates that developing livable communities for people of all ages is an excellent way to restore and revive our city centers. My partners and I thank AARP/ NAHB for this honor, and look forward to continuing to build on our success in Vermont’s downtown neighborhood for many years to come.”Governor Jim Douglas was pleased that the project received national recognition.”Winooski Falls demonstrates the economic and cultural value of public and private partners establishing and promoting smart revitalization in a historic downtown. I am pleased that my Administration could play a role in creating a new neighborhood offering full access to employment, recreation, dining, and shopping in a mixed-income, multi-generational residential and commercial setting unlike any other in Vermont. On behalf of the people of Vermont, I applaud HallKeen, The Braverman Company, and New Boston Fund for creating a community at Winooski Falls that benefits individuals and families of all ages.”As there will be 70 million people over 65 by 2030, AARP is releasing a national poll showing that at least a quarter of baby boomers expect to move again and they will be looking for something comfortable. Half or more of those boomers will look for a home that’s all on one level. A similar number (50%) will look for a newer home. This project is a great example of the kind of residential community that will serve them best. It’s new, convenient, aesthetically appealing and inviting to everyone.Winners will be honored at a dinner in Washington, DC on December 10, 2008 and will also be featured in AARP The Magazine, the nation’s most widely circulated magazine. For more information, photos and video clips on the winning projects, visit www.aarp.org/homedesign(link is external).AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization that helps people 50+ have independence, choice and control in ways that are beneficial and affordable to them and society as a whole. AARP does not endorse candidates for public office or make contributions to either political campaigns or candidates. We produce AARP The Magazine, the definitive voice for 50+ Americans and the world’s largest-circulation magazine with over 33 million readers; AARP Bulletin, the go-to news source for AARP’s 40 million members and Americans 50+; AARP Segunda Juventud, the only bilingual U.S. publication dedicated exclusively to the 50+ Hispanic community; and our website, AARP.org. AARP Foundation is an affiliated charity that provides security, protection, and empowerment to older persons in need with support from thousands of volunteers, donors, and sponsors. We have staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.30 – 30 – 30last_img read more

first_imgMOST READ Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “He (Bolick) really complements the team,” said NorthPort head coach Pido Jarencio in Filipino.“He’s made for the PBA. He’s a winner and coachable, he listens,” Jarencio added.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissThe former San Beda ace hardly missed as he hit 10 of his 12 attempts from the field.Paolo Taha added a career-high 21 points while Sean Anthony and Stanley Pringle, who is coming off his best PBA season where he finished second in the MVP race behind five-time winner June Mar Fajardo, had 19 and 16 points, respectively. Robert Bolick explodes for 26 points in his first PBA game. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netRobert Bolick made quite a good first impression in his PBA debut after leading NorthPort’s rout of Blackwater, 117-91, in the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Bolick, the second overall pick in last month’s draft, wasted no time in announcing his arrival in the pros, scoring 10 of his game-high 26 points in the first six minutes of the game.ADVERTISEMENT Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title View comments Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titlecenter_img Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil LATEST STORIES In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award “We want to surpass out performance in each of the three conferences this season,” said Jarencio, whose squad wound up second to the last in the standings last conference with a 2-9 mark.Another rookie in Abu Tratter, who was the seventh pick by NLEX before being traded to Blackwater along with Paul Desiderio in exchange for talented big man Poy Erram in the offseason, showed out with team-highs 18 points and nine rebounds.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Stop being a Christian for a while, Buboy tells Manny Pacquiaolast_img read more