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    I like Hellman's the best of all mayo's.
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    Hellman's is called Best Foods on the West Coast.
    And, it really is the best.
    I actually p efer the light mayonnaise to the regular. But, I love mayonnaise. I won't
    go near Miracle Whip.
    Could be because we never had it when I was growing up.
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    Homemade is especially good to add fresh herbs to. I also like Duke's. It is the only mayo without sugar in it. But I use it for certain things only. Hellman's is better in potato salad, ets.
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    I also, like Hellman's mayonnaise best. To me, Kraft is a bit sour, and Miracle Whip is a little too sweet. I buy the Hellman's Light.
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    My mom used mayo (brand? - probably what was on sale or what she had a coupon for) when I was growing up and I only liked it in egg salad and a few other things like that, not as a sandwich spread. When I got married, mr. veejer was a Miracle Whip Light man and I saw no reason to have a jar of both in the fridge so switched, sort-of, to MW. Over the years, I lost my appetite for egg salad for some unknown reason. About 15 years later, someone gave me a recipe for broccoli salad to bring to a family dinner and the recipe specified in no uncertain terms, Hellman's mayo. I dutifully bought some and then of course had to use it up. I made egg salad and loved it again. Now I don't touch MW at all. I'll do without rather than eat it. I'm not fussy about mayo brands though, and also use it as a sandwich spread now as well as in recipes.
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    I was just watching Dr. Oz and he said throw away left-overs in the fridge after 4 days. What? I like to make up a crockpot full of veggie soup and eat it over the course of a week. Thoughts?
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    I let my eyes and nose do the deciding.
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    Re: General Food Talk

    The doctor is correct.

    The Life of Leftovers

    The Life of Leftovers

    Karma Metzgar, C.F.C.S. Former Northwest Regional Nutrition Specialist, Nodaway County Extension Center, University of Missouri Extension

    Leftovers. Some people define leftovers as planned overs -cooking with the idea to have another meal from the effort. Others define them as containers of "stuff" that get shoved to the back of the refrigerator. And there are some foods which are better the second time around.
    But, the big question is how long do leftovers last? And, the answer is not until they are gone. Leftovers have a shelf life even when refrigerated that needs to be respected or you could end up with symptoms of food poisoning, also called foodborne illness, similar to the flu.
    Generally, refrigerated leftovers should be used within three to four days after cooking.
    Reheat foods only once and toss if there are any leftover leftovers. The three to four day guide applies to soups, stews, cooked meat and meat dishes, cooked poultry dishes, fried chicken and casseroles. The refrigerated shelf life for gravy and meat broth is one to two days.
    If you don't anticipate using the leftovers in the recommended time span, freeze them to extend the shelf life. Freeze in portion sizes that are easily eaten in one setting.
    When storing leftovers, put in them small, shallow containers so there is more rapid chilling of the food. Keep in mind if foods are stored while still hot or warm, be sure to all cool air to circulate to keep food safe. Bacteria grows rapidly between 40 degrees and 140 degrees F, so if a food is lukewarm for several hours bacteria may start to grow. Label the containers either with a "use by date" or "today's date." Make sure your family understands your coding system. I have seen some food storage labels that have both dates to fill in. This is a good idea. Then there is no misunderstanding of the dating system.
    The next issue is reheating. Foods should be reheated thoroughly to a temperature of 165 degrees F. This means soups and gravies should be brought to a rolling boil. Food should steam throughout, not just at the edges.
    Careless reheating can contribute to foodborne illness. When reheating in a microwave, be aware that foods cook differently in microwaves than by conventional heat. In a regular oven, hot air makes both the food and its container hot, while in the microwave, the air is cool. Cooking occurs when microwaves cause food molecules to vibrate; the resulting friction creates heat. While microwaves can get food hot enough to kill bacteria that may be present, the microwave doesn't always cook evenly. Since microwaves go about an inch deep in most foods, the center cooks when heat from the outer areas travels inward. Therefore, it is up to the cook to arrange, cover, rotate, stir and turn foods so they reach a safe temperature throughout the food.
    Food continues to cook after the heat turns off, whether the food is still in the oven or someplace else. Be patient and allow the food to stand to equalize the temperature of the food.
    Remember to promptly refrigerate leftovers, date them, plan to use within three to four days or freeze them, and reheat once until steaming.

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    Re: General Food Talk

    I am bad about letting leftovers linger too long. Probably why I have so many stomach problems, too. It's hard when you're single, though. A lot of the prepackaged foods, like Hamburger Helper, make more servings than one person can eat within 4 days, unless you eat nothing but Hamburger Helper every day until it's gone but that gets to be monotonous. I don't like to freeze part of dishes like that because, to me, they don't taste as good as fresh when they've been revived from the freezer. They taste really bland.

    I had thought as long as I heated up leftovers really well to kill any bacteria, it was ok if they were close to a week old.

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    Re: General Food Talk

    Quote Originally Posted by Gutmutter View Post
    I was just watching Dr. Oz and he said throw away left-overs in the fridge after 4 days. What? I like to make up a crockpot full of veggie soup and eat it over the course of a week. Thoughts?
    As long as you don't get sick, I see no problem. I have a sensitive stomach and 3-4 days is it for me. Mr Rosie can eat leftovers that are a week old without adverse affects.
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