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Page 8 January 7th, 2010 9 & Valley News and Views Think Green for Grocery Food As we were driving away from the grocery store, we noticed the grocery shoppers lugging plastic sacks to their cars. Seeing their sacks triggered a memory. "We've really cut down on the number of plastic grocery bags in our house," my husband commented. "That's for sure! Do you remember our closet?" l asked. "Yeah, we had bags stuffed with bags," he said. 1 still could visualize our hall closet filled with bags. The accordion doors were ready to burst open. That was not a positive memory. I had plenty of other stuff that needed a home in that closet. Fortunately, we became enlightened consumers and recycled a vanload of bags. Then we switched to reusable cloth grocery bags. We keep about a dozen cloth bags in the pocket behind the driver's seat, and we probably have decreased our bag use by 80 percent. We reuse the remaining plastic sacks as trash bags. Cloth grocery bags are more environmentally friendly and solve some home-clutter issues. However, are there potential issues with reusable cloth grocery bags? As you might guess, any time you reuse something related to food, the risk of cross-contamination is present. The Canadian Environment and Plastics Industry commissioned a study to determine the presence of bacteria, yeasts and molds in reusable grocery sacks. The researchers noted that nearly two-thirds of the bags were contaminated with some type of germ. About 30 percent of the bags had unsafe levels of bacteria, which could promote foodborne illness. About 40 percent harbored molds and yeast that could trigger allergic reactions and infections. According to the researchers, reusable cloth bags could be contaminated by meat juices. The moist environment of a cloth bag after hauling fresh fruits, vegetables or frozen foods can be conducive to the growth of a variety of germs. Knowing these potential contamination issues has prompted a couple of actions in our house. We have designated our red cloth bags as "meat bags," and other foods are not placed in the meat bags. Some companies sell several sets of bags in different colors so you can designate different bag colors for different foods. For example, you could use a green bag for flesh produce. I haven't completely given up plastic sacks at the grocery store, though. To avoid cross-contamination, I put meat in the small plastic bags available at the meat cooler. Then I place the meat at the lower level of the grocery cart, away from flesh produce. Finally, the meat goes in the red cloth bag on the way home. I separate the types of meat from each other, too. For example, red meat goes in one plastic bag, while poultry goes in another bag. I have a reason for doing this. Different types of meat are cooked to different temperatures for quality and safety. Ground beef, for example, is cooked to 160 degrees, while chicken is cooked to 165 degrees. Think about where you set your grocery sacks, too. Do your grocery sacks ever spend time on the parking lot while you open your trunk? When you retrieve your bags, do you set them on your garage floor? Would you feel comfortable eating a meal directly from the parking lot or from the trunk of your vehicle? If you set your grocery sacks on a dirty surface and then on your kitchen counter, you could be adding some "ingredients" from the parking lot or your vehicle to your next menu. If you place your bags on the kitchen counter or table, be sure to wash these surfaces thoroughly before preparing or serving food. To keep your food safe and be "green" at the same time, launder reusable cloth bags We reserve the dght to limit quans, Not all sale items available at all participating stores. Starting and ending dates may vary by store. Not rosponbte for graphic x typographcal on'ors. SALE PRICES GOOD JANUARY 6 - JANUARY 12 PHONE 701-454-381 | DRAYTON, NORTH DAKOTA 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.=. TO 4:30 P.U. BUSH'S ASSORTED  KELLOGG'S .LO 'S CEREAL TA% S00EC,ALK $229 S075 12 ozs, /I HIDDEN VALLEY HY-TC  AFSORTED PIflI) N DRIsCIG SALIA $ 49 14,80ZS, NORTHERN DOUBLE ROLL l/ '4"" 6 Rot Pkg. LAYS ASSORTED POTATO CHIPS 200s5008 :y-Top $ I" Msruchan Assorted 4/$ I O0 Hy-Top raham Crackers ........ 14.4 ozs Ramen Noodles ......... 3 ozs. Brownie Mix ............... 21.5 ozs. $1 49 Assorted Hy-Top Fruit 15 oo99 Hy-top Assorted S 29  "top Assorted 49 ! ............. oz Elbow Macaroni ............ 1 b anned Cat Food ........... s.5 ozs Bush's Black Beans 15oz Can 88 Hy-top Assorted $ 129 ............ Spaghetti Noodles .......... tb --.,-..,,,,.- NUGGnS, HORMEL l S00ER LINKS s/S5 - .s700 WALLEYE FILLETS,,, Schweigert S369 Summer Sausage ........ 16 ozs Shurfresh $1 79 Corn Dogs ................ 16OZS II Oscar Mayer Bologna or $ 98 Cotto Salami ............... 12 ozs Boneless $ 78 Pork Sirloin Roasts ....... Per b. Boneless Pork Country Style Rips ........ Per t. Boneless Sirloin Tip Beef Roast .... Per= Boneless Sirloin Tip Beef Steak ..... eerl Boneless Stew Meat Per Ib s 2 - $3 i9 =2" DOLE CLASSIC 12 ozs. SALAD MIX ..... 39 4b 69 !180 GRA! JUICY TOMATOES GRAPEFUIT. Per lb. " " " " " " " " ""IIIIW Silo BRAEBURN Per lb. APPLES.. ....... i ii TAKE ADVANTAGE OF GREATER SAVINGS WHEN YOU REDEEM YOUR SHOPPER'S CASH CARDS CASS CLAY HALF & HALF 79 Pint CASS CLAY ORANGE JUICE CASS CLAY SWISS )LATE MILK c.a. $ e9 Sour Cream ............. ;. 160zs. Cuss Clay Buttermilk .................. a..,99 T. J. FARMS TAT 0008W N S  2 lb. Bag PILLSBURY ASSORTED TOASTER STRUDELS S 9.5-11.5 oz, Box  CIAcch ENAIn' s460 5 Quaff PI T.: J. Farnl, s $ 188 t-rencn tries ............. 2 lb. Bag l Hy-Top Buttermilk  l i Round Waffles ........ 0count Box- l Assorted 3/$A100 Michelinas Entrees .... 8.o oz, ' Rom, Assorted 5/$ I 0 O0 Original Pizzas ............ regularly. Sometimes fresh produce can dampen the insides of bags. Since germs thrive in a moist environment, so don't be a friendly "host." Be sure to let reusable cloth bags dry thoroughly before you store them. Have you made your grocery list for the week? Here's an easy recipe courtesy of "Eat Right Montana." You can "recycle" leftover roasted chicken or turkey in this recipe, too. For more information about food and nutrition, visit the NDSU Extension Service Web site at http:// www.ndsu.edu/eatsmart. Terry's Terrific Tortilla Soup 4 corn tortillas 1/2 c. chopped onion 1/4 tsp. garlic powder (or 1/2 tsp. minced garlic) 1 1/2 c. diced chicken breast meat (or use leftover roasted chicken or turkey) 1/4 tsp. chili powder 1/4 tsp. cumin 2 cans low-sodium chicken broth 1 (15-ounce) can diced tomatoes (with juice) 1 (4-ounce) can chopped green chilies (with juice) 1/2 c. reduced-fat shredded cheddar cheese Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Cut tortillas into thin strips. Bake on lightly greased cookie sheet for about seven minutes, or until crisp. Prepare ingredients. Spray cooking pot with cooking spray, add chicken (or turkey) and stir until thoroughly cooked (or reheated). Add onion, garlic, chili powder and cumin. Cook and stir two minutes. Stir in broth, tomatoes and chilies. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Serve soup topped with tortilla strips and cheese. Makes four servings. Each serving has 141 calories, 2.6 grams (g) of fat, 19 g of carbohydrate, 3 g of fiber and 300 milligrams of sodium. (]ulie Garden-Robinson, Ph.D., L.R.D., is a North Dakota State Uniuersity Extension Seruice food and nutrition specialist and associate professor in the Department of Health, Nutrition and Exercise Sciences.) Weekly Sudoku Solution 2 4 8 7 9 3 1 6 5 567 912 375 243 158 6812 8395 7943 4267 Theme 84319 63587 19426 95861 46732 7945 2674 1258 8193 Cross ; t EILIAIISlAIc LIAIBIsl r o n e DIIEIBIBIIGIEINIIIEI :. D G A RIIP S IIIE V O K E qEIsl  IslTIEIAIslYlsloIsl HIAIIRITIoIE News we can use? Coil the News Line 701 360-3005 Or Ernail valleynv@polarcomm.com Subscribe or renew your subscrip- tion to Valley News and Views Online by going to www.valleynv.com Renew Your Subscription or Subscribe to Valley News and Views, Online. Now You Can Use Your Credit Card or PayPall www.valleynv.com Get a Jum ) Start on Kelly's AD. 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