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Page 8 January 3rd, 2013 Valley News & Views "I left cans of food in my garage after grocery shopping and they froze. Can I eat the food?" "My frozen meat looks a little grayish. Is it safe to eat?" "I partially defrosted some meat for dinner, but we have a family emergency and are leaving town. Can I refreeze the meat?" The answer to the question ineachscenario:"Itdepends." All of these questions need a little clarification before answering. Scenario 1: If cans of food accidentally freeze in your garage during cold winter months, most of the time the food is safe, as long as the can remains intact. However, be sure to thaw the food in the refrigerator and cook it thoroughly before eating. On the other hand, if the canned food is left in a garage all winter and you find it in the spring, the cans may have been damaged by the freezing and thawing. Harmful bacteria could have entered the food, resulting in spoilage, In that case, you will want to toss it. Scenario 2: If frozen meat appears grayish, most likely the meat has been freezer-burned. Freezer burn is a form of dehydration, which results in discoloration and sometimes off-flavors. The quality loss doesn't necessarily mean the food is unsafe to eat, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service. As long as the food was handled safely from the store to the home and remained frozen during storage, it is safe. However, freezer- burned food may not be appealing. Freezerburnusuallyresults from improper packaging, which allows oxygen to come into contact with the food. Ground beef may turn grayish. Whole poultry may retain its color but the bones may darken with extended frozen storage. Vegetables may suffer color, flavor and moisture losses. Be sure to package food properly so you avoid wasting food. To preserve the quality of meat, use moisture/ vapor-proof packaging material, such as freezer bags or freezer wrap. Seal the packages tightly and label with the name of the product, date and amount. You can find information about proper packaging of frozen food in the "Food Freezing Guide," a publication of the NDSU Extension Service, at http: //www.ag.ndsu.edu / publications/landing-pages / fo o d- and- nutrition / food-freezing-guide- fn-403. Scenario 3: You can refreeze food safely and without much quality loss if there are ice crystals present in the food. If the meat is fully thawed but you do not want to use it right away, cook it and freeze the fully cooked meat. Properly packaged cooked meat will retain its flavor and quality for about three months if frozen storage. Be sure your freezer maintains a temperature of 0 F or lower. Keep an appliance thermometer in your freezer and check it periodically. Rotate your stock so you use the oldest food first. Here's a quick and easy chili recipe to enjoy on a cold winter night. You also can make it ahead of time and freeze it in meal-sized portions. We reserve the right to limit quar'es, Not all sale items available at all participating stores, Starling and ending dates may vary by stoe, Not responsible for graphic or typographical errors. SALE PRICES GOOD JANUARY 2 - JANUARY 8 PHONE 701-454-381 I DRAYTON, NORTH DAKOTA H__QIR: Monday-Friday 8:00 A.M. TO 8:00 P.M./Saturday 8:00 A.M. TO 6:00 P.M. Sunday 9:15 A.M. TO 4:30 P.M. BUTFER • NAVY GREAT NORTHERN OZS. KIDNEY • BLACK LACHOY LAY'S ASSORTED CHILI ASSORTED REG. $4.29 'i' BI-PAK POTATO MEALS 8800oz00 S200o,o Hy-Top $ I 99 Hunt's $ I 29 Swiss Miss $ • Chocolate Syrup ............ 24ozs S2 99 Manwich ......... 15 ozs, • Hot Cocoa Mix... loCount Box i Assorted China Boy .......... $1 69 Hunt's Snack Pack ....... $ • 2 ......... Chow Mein Noodles 12ozs. l Pudding Cups 4Pack • Hawaiian Punch . Gallon Jug $1 28 Dakota Growers Assorted ........ $ II 00 Kellogl'S Assorted .............. sPqh 99 Assorted Hunt's Tomatoes .......... 14.5ozs. Egg Noodles ........... 12ozs. B Specml K Cereal ............ 12ozs. I- Arted Chef Boy-Ar-Dee Meals ..... 15 ozs. $ 1 29 Hunt's ..... $ i O0 Setter Valu $ • 49 Tomato Sauce lsozs I Bleach ...................... Gallon l .u.00'sA00rted $ I z, w.,o. .............. s399 Spaghetti Sauce ............ 24 ozs. Vegetable Oil ............... 48 ozs. #, DA RY DEPARTMENT CURLY'S PULLED CHICKBi or S 99 PUKED PORK.. 4 l000z00, BONELESS BEEF RUMP ROAST,, !0089 BONELESS CiWTER CUT IS PORK CHOPS,, !r9 Milford Valley CORDON BLEU or 4/$IP O0 Chicken Kiev .. 5 ozs. Assoed John aorrell $ 1 O0 Franks ................. 12 OZS. | Boneless Beef $399 Round Steak ........... Per Ib, Stew Meat ............. Per lb. $3 89 BLUE BONNET MARGARINE SlOO CASS CLAY ASSORTED CHIP DIPS S189 1 12 ozs. EASY GRIP MILK Cass Clay Half&Half ................... ,o,99 € Cass Clay :/s3oo Swiss Chocolate Milk ...... cat Cass Clay $1 99 Egg NOR .................... Quart l Cass Clay Assorted $1 99 Sour ca. clayCream ................ 6 ozss3 .I Tub Butter ................ 1 lb. Tub $169 ,s_0 !13 s 00,c,s PIZZA s/s9oo ............ i COLE'S ASSORTED GARLIC 3s s S 49 G .. .R. i ...... ' vo.s s1800,] ,,,, • ....... -- H ;E H R O O M S.. ! . .. s- TA,:;JoDwv-:'NN,xYs}°J,:. v2o- Chili 1/2 c. chopped onion 1/2 pound lean or extra- lean ground beef 2 tsp. chili powder Pepper 1 (16-ounce) can or 2 c. tomatoes, plain or stewed 1 (8-ounce) can or 1 c. tomato sauce 1 (15-ounce) can or 2 c. kidney beans, ' undrained Peel and chop the onion. Brown the ground beef and onion in a large frying pan. Pour off the fat. Stir in the rest of the food. Heat for 10 minutes and serve. Note: To reduce sodium in the recipe, you can drain and rinse the kidney beans. Add additional tomato sauce or water to reach the desired consistency. Makes four servings. Each serving has 240 calories, 3 grams (g) of fat, 12 g of fiber, 32 g of carbohydrate and 610 milligrams of sodium. (]ulie Garden-Robinson, Ph.D., R.D., L.R.D., is a North Dakota State Uniuersity Extension Seruice food and nutrition specialist and professor in the Department of Health, Nutrition and Exercise Sciences.) Hundreds of Deceased Crows Discovered In Nova Scotia Scientists Rule Out Avian Flu Courtesy of Cousin Pat When advanced scientific minds get to the task of problem-solving, the results are often stunning.. Such is the case in this story out of Nova Scotia where 200 dead crows were found near Halifax, and there was concern that they may have died from Avian Flu. A Bird Pathologist examined the remains of all the crows, and confirmed the problem was definitely NOT Avian Flu, to everyone's relief. However, it was determined that 98% of the crows had been killed by impact with trucks, and only 2% were killed by an impact with a car. The Province then hired an Ornithological Behaviourist to determine the disproportionate percentages for truck versus car kill. The Ornithological Behaviourist determined the cause in short order. When crows eat road kill, they always set-up a look- out Crow in a nearby tree to warn of impending danger. His conclusion was that the lookout crow could say "Cah", but could not say "Truck." Sudoku Answers 96137258'4 '527468391 438159762 216843957 374695128 895721643 782936415 149587236 653214879 il'!llll! : i i That's All Folks, see you next December. Happy New Year! Got a short story, photograph, feature, joke or news piece? Why not share it with the rest of us? Call 360-3005 Email valleynv@polarcomm.com or just drop by. FROZEN DE PARTME NT Get a Jum ) Start on Kell r's AD. Get it before the paper comes out by going to www.valle ,nv.com. Page 8 January 3rd, 2013 Valley News & Views "I left cans of food in my garage after grocery shopping and they froze. Can I eat the food?" "My frozen meat looks a little grayish. Is it safe to eat?" "I partially defrosted some meat for dinner, but we have a family emergency and are leaving town. Can I refreeze the meat?" The answer to the question ineachscenario:"Itdepends." All of these questions need a little clarification before answering. Scenario 1: If cans of food accidentally freeze in your garage during cold winter months, most of the time the food is safe, as long as the can remains intact. However, be sure to thaw the food in the refrigerator and cook it thoroughly before eating. On the other hand, if the canned food is left in a garage all winter and you find it in the spring, the cans may have been damaged by the freezing and thawing. Harmful bacteria could have entered the food, resulting in spoilage, In that case, you will want to toss it. Scenario 2: If frozen meat appears grayish, most likely the meat has been freezer-burned. Freezer burn is a form of dehydration, which results in discoloration and sometimes off-flavors. The quality loss doesn't necessarily mean the food is unsafe to eat, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service. As long as the food was handled safely from the store to the home and remained frozen during storage, it is safe. However, freezer- burned food may not be appealing. Freezerburnusuallyresults from improper packaging, which allows oxygen to come into contact with the food. Ground beef may turn grayish. Whole poultry may retain its color but the bones may darken with extended frozen storage. Vegetables may suffer color, flavor and moisture losses. Be sure to package food properly so you avoid wasting food. To preserve the quality of meat, use moisture/ vapor-proof packaging material, such as freezer bags or freezer wrap. Seal the packages tightly and label with the name of the product, date and amount. You can find information about proper packaging of frozen food in the "Food Freezing Guide," a publication of the NDSU Extension Service, at http: //www.ag.ndsu.edu / publications/landing-pages / fo o d- and- nutrition / food-freezing-guide- fn-403. Scenario 3: You can refreeze food safely and without much quality loss if there are ice crystals present in the food. If the meat is fully thawed but you do not want to use it right away, cook it and freeze the fully cooked meat. Properly packaged cooked meat will retain its flavor and quality for about three months if frozen storage. Be sure your freezer maintains a temperature of 0 F or lower. Keep an appliance thermometer in your freezer and check it periodically. Rotate your stock so you use the oldest food first. Here's a quick and easy chili recipe to enjoy on a cold winter night. You also can make it ahead of time and freeze it in meal-sized portions. We reserve the right to limit quar'es, Not all sale items available at all participating stores, Starling and ending dates may vary by stoe, Not responsible for graphic or typographical errors. SALE PRICES GOOD JANUARY 2 - JANUARY 8 PHONE 701-454-381 I DRAYTON, NORTH DAKOTA H__QIR: Monday-Friday 8:00 A.M. TO 8:00 P.M./Saturday 8:00 A.M. TO 6:00 P.M. Sunday 9:15 A.M. TO 4:30 P.M. BUTFER • NAVY GREAT NORTHERN OZS. KIDNEY • BLACK LACHOY LAY'S ASSORTED CHILI ASSORTED REG. $4.29 'i' BI-PAK POTATO MEALS 8800oz00 S200o,o Hy-Top $ I 99 Hunt's $ I 29 Swiss Miss $ • Chocolate Syrup ............ 24ozs S2 99 Manwich ......... 15 ozs, • Hot Cocoa Mix... loCount Box i Assorted China Boy .......... $1 69 Hunt's Snack Pack ....... $ • 2 ......... Chow Mein Noodles 12ozs. l Pudding Cups 4Pack • Hawaiian Punch . Gallon Jug $1 28 Dakota Growers Assorted ........ $ II 00 Kellogl'S Assorted .............. sPqh 99 Assorted Hunt's Tomatoes .......... 14.5ozs. Egg Noodles ........... 12ozs. B Specml K Cereal ............ 12ozs. I- Arted Chef Boy-Ar-Dee Meals ..... 15 ozs. $ 1 29 Hunt's ..... $ i O0 Setter Valu $ • 49 Tomato Sauce lsozs I Bleach ...................... Gallon l .u.00'sA00rted $ I z, w.,o. .............. s399 Spaghetti Sauce ............ 24 ozs. Vegetable Oil ............... 48 ozs. #, DA RY DEPARTMENT CURLY'S PULLED CHICKBi or S 99 PUKED PORK.. 4 l000z00, BONELESS BEEF RUMP ROAST,, !0089 BONELESS CiWTER CUT IS PORK CHOPS,, !r9 Milford Valley CORDON BLEU or 4/$IP O0 Chicken Kiev .. 5 ozs. Assoed John aorrell $ 1 O0 Franks ................. 12 OZS. | Boneless Beef $399 Round Steak ........... Per Ib, Stew Meat ............. Per lb. $3 89 BLUE BONNET MARGARINE SlOO CASS CLAY ASSORTED CHIP DIPS S189 1 12 ozs. EASY GRIP MILK Cass Clay Half&Half ................... ,o,99 € Cass Clay :/s3oo Swiss Chocolate Milk ...... cat Cass Clay $1 99 Egg NOR .................... Quart l Cass Clay Assorted $1 99 Sour ca. clayCream ................ 6 ozss3 .I Tub Butter ................ 1 lb. Tub $169 ,s_0 !13 s 00,c,s PIZZA s/s9oo ............ i COLE'S ASSORTED GARLIC 3s s S 49 G .. .R. i ...... ' vo.s s1800,] ,,,, • ....... -- H ;E H R O O M S.. ! . .. s- TA,:;JoDwv-:'NN,xYs}°J,:. v2o- Chili 1/2 c. chopped onion 1/2 pound lean or extra- lean ground beef 2 tsp. chili powder Pepper 1 (16-ounce) can or 2 c. tomatoes, plain or stewed 1 (8-ounce) can or 1 c. tomato sauce 1 (15-ounce) can or 2 c. kidney beans, ' undrained Peel and chop the onion. Brown the ground beef and onion in a large frying pan. Pour off the fat. Stir in the rest of the food. Heat for 10 minutes and serve. Note: To reduce sodium in the recipe, you can drain and rinse the kidney beans. Add additional tomato sauce or water to reach the desired consistency. Makes four servings. Each serving has 240 calories, 3 grams (g) of fat, 12 g of fiber, 32 g of carbohydrate and 610 milligrams of sodium. (]ulie Garden-Robinson, Ph.D., R.D., L.R.D., is a North Dakota State Uniuersity Extension Seruice food and nutrition specialist and professor in the Department of Health, Nutrition and Exercise Sciences.) Hundreds of Deceased Crows Discovered In Nova Scotia Scientists Rule Out Avian Flu Courtesy of Cousin Pat When advanced scientific minds get to the task of problem-solving, the results are often stunning.. Such is the case in this story out of Nova Scotia where 200 dead crows were found near Halifax, and there was concern that they may have died from Avian Flu. A Bird Pathologist examined the remains of all the crows, and confirmed the problem was definitely NOT Avian Flu, to everyone's relief. However, it was determined that 98% of the crows had been killed by impact with trucks, and only 2% were killed by an impact with a car. The Province then hired an Ornithological Behaviourist to determine the disproportionate percentages for truck versus car kill. The Ornithological Behaviourist determined the cause in short order. When crows eat road kill, they always set-up a look- out Crow in a nearby tree to warn of impending danger. His conclusion was that the lookout crow could say "Cah", but could not say "Truck." Sudoku Answers 96137258'4 '527468391 438159762 216843957 374695128 895721643 782936415 149587236 653214879 il'!llll! : i i That's All Folks, see you next December. Happy New Year! Got a short story, photograph, feature, joke or news piece? Why not share it with the rest of us? Call 360-3005 Email valleynv@polarcomm.com or just drop by. FROZEN DE PARTME NT Get a Jum ) Start on Kell r's AD. Get it before the paper comes out by going to www.valle ,nv.com.