Weekend reads: BPA-less tomatoes, dirty reusable grocery bags and more
I don’t know about you guys, but since learning that canned tomatoes contain BPA, I haven’t been buying them. It’s sort of put a crimp in my cooking, since tossing in a can of tomatoes was such a nice way to add flavor and nutrition to soups, stews, and sauces.Luckily, the folks at Pomi were kind enough to educate me about their boxed tomatoes, and I got the chance to try some out in a recipe!
A reminder to shoppers who use reusable grocery bags: Don't forget to wash them after you've emptied them.Nearly every bag examined for bacteria by researchers at the University of Arizona and Loma Linda University found whopping amounts of bugs. Coliform bacteria, suggesting raw-meat or uncooked-food contamination, was in half of the bags, and E. coli was found in 12 percent of the bags.
Typical oven cleaners contain multiple chemicals, some quite dangerous, such as sodium hydroxide (commonly known as caustic soda or lye). According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, oven cleaners containing this dangerous chemical can cause burns if they come in contact with skin, and inhalation of them can cause respiratory irritation. And anytime such a cleaner is used, sodium hydroxide and other chemicals get into the environment.
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