Archive for March, 2011

Use Vinegar to Absorb More Calcium

March 10, 2011

As your body ages, calcium absorption becomes increasing critical to prevent osteoporosis, bone fractures, reduction in height, and the widow’s hump.
You can use apple cider vinegar in your meal preparation to increase the absorption of calcium into your body.

To add calcium to your green salads, use greens such as spinach, Chinese cabbage, collard greens, broccoli (the veggies, not the greens) kale, mustard greens, okra, and other dark green leafy vegetables.
Add veggies according to your taste, sprinkle salad with feta cheese, and then mix two tablespoons honey, two tablespoons apple cider vinegar, and two tablespoons water for your dressing.

To add calcium to your non-dairy soups, understand that apple cider vinegar will leach calcium from soup bones, adding it to your soup stock. One tablespoon of vinegar per quart of water will make some difference in your calcium enrichment, but in this case, more is better, it is recommend using 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar per gallon of water.

To make your soup, put 2 to 3 pounds of chicken wings or meaty beef stew bones (a shank?) in your stock pot. Boil for 2 hours. Strain the broth, skim off and discard the fat, and separate the bones and skin from any remaining meat. Add the meat to the strained broth.

For chicken soup, add according to your tastes: example, some sliced onion, minced garlic, sliced carrots, some frozen peas and corn, small pasta like mini bow-ties or small shells, 5 or 6 soft chicken bullion cubes, boil for about ten minutes, and it’s done.

For beef stew, add barley to the beef stock, five or six soft bullion cubes, onions, garlic, celery, diced stewed tomatoes, some tomato paste, diced potatoes, and throw in some of whatever you on hand. If the broth is too watery, add a few mashed potato flakes, or Potato Buds as thickener.


Skippy Peanut Butter Recall… Here We Go Again…

March 8, 2011

Unilever Announces Recall of Skippy® Reduced Fat Peanut Butter Spread Due to Possible Health Risk Limited Recall of 6 Best-If-Used-By Dates

Media Contact:
Anita Larsen


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – March 4, 2011 – Unilever United States, Inc. today announced a limited recall of Skippy® Reduced Fat Creamy Peanut Butter Spread and Skippy® Reduced Fat Super Chunk Peanut Butter Spread, because it may be contaminated with Salmonella, an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.

The recall is being conducted in cooperation with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). No other Skippy® products are affected by this recall.

The product was distributed to retail outlets in Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wisconsin.

The affected product, which is packaged in 16.3 oz plastic jars, is as follows:

* UPCs: 048001006812 and 048001006782 (located on the side of the jar’s label below the bar code.)
* Best-If-Used-By Dates: MAY1612LR1, MAY1712LR1, MAY1812LR1, MAY1912LR1, MAY2012LR1 and MAY2112LR1 (Stamped on the lid of the jar.)

To date, no illnesses related to this issue have been reported.

The recall was initiated as the result of a routine sampling program by the company, which revealed that these finished products may contain the bacteria.

Consumers who have purchased Skippy® Reduced Fat Peanut Butter Spread with the above UPCs and Best-If-Used-By-Dates are urged to discard the product immediately and call the company for a replacement coupon. Consumers can contact the company at 1-800-453-3432, which is operational 24 hours a day, for information on the recall. In addition, a consumer services representative is available Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:30 AM and 6:00 PM EST.