How Safe Is Chicken?

When you cook chicken, you are probably careful to cook it thoroughly. You probably also know to use bleach or other disinfectant on your cutting board and knife, or any surface with which the raw poultry has come in contact. And of course, you have to wash your hands before preparing the salad. Why all the precautions?

The problem is, many chickens are contaminated with bacteria. Thorough cooking and cleanliness are supposed to protect you from these germs, but is that enough? Why is raw chicken so unsafe, or is it?


According to the United States Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), stringent inspection of chicken carcasses prior to their being up for sale in the store means that bacterial contamination is usually the result of how the chicken is handled by the food preparer.

How to Make Your Own Fairtrade Mango Chutney

Mango chutney is a tangy condiment that goes well with Indian curries and other dishes. Making your own can be very satisfying as well as tasty, and if you use fairtrade ingredients, it can be even more satisfying. You can give this as a Christmas or housewarming gift, too.

For 4 cups of fairtrade mango chutney, you will need the following ingredients, fairtrade certified:
-4 pounds fresh, ripe mangoes (about 4)
-1/4 cup candied ginger, chopped (use fresh, peeled ginger if you can’t find fairtrade candied ginger)
-1 small, sweet onion, chopped
-1/4 cup raisins (use golden raisins if you want to make the chutney more uniform in color)
-1 clove garlic, minced
-1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
-1 cup pineapple juice
-1/2 cup evaporated cane juice or Sucanat (these are usually fairtrade certified sugars; fairtrade white or brown sugar can be used as well)
-1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
-1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
-3 teaspoons curry powder
-1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

Natural Ways to Stop a Sunburn From Peeling and Itching

A sunburn can be a nasty experience. A bad one can give you chills and a fever, not to mention terrible pain. A mild sunburn can still result in blistering, itching and peeling.

If you’ve accidentally stayed out in the sun too long, there are some things you can do that can help reduce itching and peeling. Most of these treatments are inexpensive and all of them are natural – you may even have some of them in your kitchen cabinets or pantry.

First, be careful with that burned skin – don’t use soap, washcloths, or do any scrubbing in the shower. Wash your hair upside-down under the bath faucet to avoid shampoo running over your sunburn. And when you get out of the shower or bath, pat your skin dry with a soft towel – don’t rub.

What to Consider before Buying Sunglasses

You may think the only thing you need to worry about when buying sunglasses is the style of frame or the color of tinting. But actually, there are other important characteristics of effective sunglasses that need to be considered.

Ultraviolet radiation can harm all parts of the eye, including the eyelid skin, conjunctiva, sclera, and cornea. That means that the whites of your eyes need protection, too. Here are some things you’ll need to keep in mind when you look for sunglasses.

Ultraviolet Light

Ultraviolet, or UV, radiation is that portion of the light spectrum that is beyond the shortest wavelength of visible light (which is violet). It can damage the human eye, which is why sunglasses are important. There are three types of UV light: UVA, UVB, and UVC.

Sunscreen Danger – What’s In Your Sunscreen

You put on sunscreen because it is important for your skin’s health, right? In this day and age of skin cancer, most of us have been taught to wear sunscreen daily, especially on our faces, in all weather and all seasons. Lately, however, some concerns have been raised regarding the safety of the sunscreen itself. Just what’s in that sunscreen, and is it safe?


For years we have been told that exposure to ultraviolet rays from the sun can cause skin cancer. Ironically, though, moderate sun exposure may actually prevent the development of certain types of cancer, and the chemicals in sunscreens may increase your risk of skin cancer.