Passanante’s Top 5 Poultry Tips

National Chicken Month

Passanante’s Top 5 Poultry Tips

1) When Storing: Refrigerate poultry promptly after purchasing. Keep it in the coldest part of our refrigerator for up to 2 days. Freeze poultry for longer storage and never leave poultry at room temperature for longer than 2 hours.

2) When Freezing: You can freeze properly packaged uncooked poultry parts for up to six months and a whole bird for up to a year. Freeze cooked poultry dishes for four to six months, and never refreeze chicken that has been thawed.

3) When Thawing: The safest place to thaw poultry is the refrigerator. For faster thawing, place the wrapped package in a large bowl of cold water and allow it to stand at room temperature for 30 minutes. Change the water and repeat the process until thawed. Never leave frozen poultry on the counter to thaw.

4) When Frying: Canola oil provides a much milder taste when frying, and it contains healthier amounts of saturated and polyunsaturated fats. Do not cover the chicken once it has finished cooking because covering will cause the coating to lose its crispiness.

5) When Cooking: For many recipes you can substitute one cut of chicken for another. Just remember that bone-in chicken pieces require longer cooking times than boneless pieces.

At Passanante’s we are serious about delivering delicious foods to our customers, and the taste and quality of our meats are top priority. We don’t believe in grocery store lines, foods of unknown origin, or foods packed with bad-for-your-family chemicals – which is why we would LOVE to treat you to a free gourmet food sample.

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Tailgate Food Safety Q&A

Tailgate season is an awesome opportunity to show off your impeccable grilling skills and spread the word about Passanante’s Home Food Service’s unbeatable meats and veggies. We know you always want to be the life of the party with delicious and healthy foods to serve your friends and family, which is why we think tailgate food preparation is so important.

A beginner’s mistake as simple as reusing a half cup of marinade to baste steaks can be the difference between a day you’ll always remember and a day you’d love to forget. The USDA is a fantastic resource for food safety tips, recall announcements, and even Podcasts and videos. We found this helpful Tailgate Food Safety Q&A and thought it would be a great thing to share with all of our foodie friends.

We hope you all have a great weekend cheering on your favorite teams and are certain that paying attention to food preparation details will help you get on your way to a great tailgate!

High-Fructose Corn Syrup, MSG and Aspartame

At Passanante’s Home Food Service we’re busy looking after our families and yours alike. You have probably heard controversial buzz about high-fructose corn syrup, MSG and aspartame, and maybe all of the press left you with more questions than answers. Even though none of our products contain these ingredients, here’s a little information on each.

High-Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) is the most common sweetener added into processed foods and beverages. While it is chemically similar to real sugar, many have concerns about how the sweetener is processed prior to being added to a variety of foods. Like any type of sugar, ingesting high-fructose corn syrup can lead to weigh gain, cavities, poor nutrition and increased risk of heart attack, but there is no research that shows HFCS is any less healthy than real pure sugar.

Monosodium glutamate (MSG) is an ingredient commonly found added to Chinese food, canned vegetables and processed meats. Over the past decade or more this flavor enhancer has been the subject of much controversy; however it has been classified by the FDA as safe for consumption. Despite reports of headaches, numbness, chest pain and nausea among other symptoms, no research has conclusively found MSG is in anyway tied to these adverse reactions.

Aspartame is an artificial sweetener commonly found in sodas and chewing gum that has been around for more than 30 years. Nearly 200 times sweeter than sugar it is often substituted for real sugar to reduce calories as much less Aspartame is needed to get the same sweetness as larger quantities of sugar. Some fear Aspartame increases the risks of lymphomas, leukemias, or brain tumors, although no studies have confirmed this. Aspartame is been approved for consumption by the FDA and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations World Health Organization.

At Passanante’s our goal is to help you provide the best nutrition to your friends and family with every delicious home cooked meal you prepare. To become a part of our incredible community give us a call anytime to schedule an appointment or hop onto our Facebook and Twitter to get connected!