QUICK GENERAL REFERENCE
Easy to read charts for measurements and temperature conversions. (How many ounces are in a pint? What’s the equivalent of 177° Celsius?) http://www.epicurious.com/tools/conversions/
The Cook’s Thesaurus Food Substitution site. (When I run out of vanilla, what would be a good stand-in?) http://www.foodsubs.com/
Food storage calculator. (How much flour do I need for my family of four for one year?) http://lds.about.com/library/bl/faq/blcalculator.htm
FMI (Food Marketing Institute) allows you to search a specific food to see fridge, pantry or freezer storage options. http://www.fmi.org/consumer/foodkeeper/
Still Tasty is a more complete search for how long a specific food or beverage stays safe and tasty. (If you search “milk”, for example, they not only display many different kinds of milk, but also foods made with milk). They get much of their information from government sources such as the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Food and Drug Administration, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. http://stilltasty.com/
Eat-By Date is another searchable food storage database. Ignore the first few results of your search, as they are ads. Your answers will be below the thin rule line. http://www.eatbydate.com/
Aggie Horticulture/Texas AgriLife Extension Service provides info on Texas produce including when to plant, how to prepare, how to store, etc. (If you don’t live in Texas, Google your state’s agricultural extension service.) http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/publications/nutrition/
Ask a question about nutrition or food storage. A food science expert will answer you directly (Can I keep an open bottle of ketchup on the shelf?) http://www.allexperts.com/el/Food-Science/
On the National Institutes of Health’s site., read about food-borne diseases and how you can prevent them. http://health.nih.gov/topic/FoodborneDiseases/FoodNutritionandMetabolism
The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services’ Food Safety site provides food storage info, recalls, and other data. This U.S. government food safety site collects information from the FSIS (Food Safety and Inspection Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture), the FDA (U.S. Food and Drug Administration) and the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) http://www.foodsafety.gov/ They also feature lots of different food safety documents: http://www.foodsafety.gov/keep/emergency/index.html And if you have a food safety question, you can ask their experts: http://www.foodsafety.gov/experts/index.html
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention field questions about food poisoning or illness 24 hours a day, everyday: call 1-800-CDC-INFO (1-800-232-4636), TTY (1-888-232-6348), or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Food Safety (FDA) site is here: http://www.fda.gov/Food/FoodSafety/default.htm
For questions about pet food safety, call the FDA Center for Veterinary Medicine at 240-276-9300 and leave a message. Your question will be answered within two business days. You can also email your question to CVMHomeP@cvm.fda.gov.
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) can answer questions about meat, poultry, or egg products; call the USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline Monday through Friday from 10AM to 4PM EST at 1-888-MPHotline, TTY (1-800-256-7072) or email@example.com. For questions about all other foods , call 1-888-SAFEFOOD (1-888-723-3366) or email your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For questions about all other foods (not meat, poultry or egg products) call 1-888-SAFEFOOD (1-888-723-3366) Call weekdays between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Or email your questions to email@example.com.
For information on food allergies: http://www.foodallergy.org/
The Healthy Canadians site provides information on food recalls and advisories (http://www.healthycanadians.gc.ca/ra/food-aliment-eng.php), and on food allergies (http://www.inspection.gc.ca/food/consumer-centre/food-safety-tips/labelling-food-packaging-and-storage/allergen/eng/1332442914456/1332442980290).
GENERAL DISASTER PREPAREDNESS INFO
Texas Prepares, The Texas Department of State Health Services disaster preparedness site isn’t just for Texans. Its well thought out and not overwhelming. http://www.texasprepares.org/
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Emergency Preparedness site: http://emergency.cdc.gov/
RECIPES, COOKING TIPS AND TECHNIQUES
Cook’s Illustrated: the Consumer Reports of Cooking! Well-tested recipes, cooking tips, taste tests, equipment reviews, and more. They don’t accept advertising, so I trust their endorsements. Many articles are free, but once you get a taste you’ll want to subscribe to the magazine or join their online membership (click here for a 14 day free trial). http://www.cooksillustrated.com/
Epicurious is the free online resource for recipes from Bon Appétit, Gourmet, and other sources. It’s easy to search, recipes are rated and the reader comments are very helpful. Although most use fresh ingredients and are therefore not appropriate for cooking storage food, its a great resource for Green Light Days. http://www.epicurious.com/
Self’s Nutrition Data page is a good everyday resource. Don’t be overwhelmed by the visual cacophony; just use the search function. (It’s about an inch down from the top of the page.) If you search for cashews, for instance, your results will show raw cashews, many styles of cashew butter, and brand named products that include cashews, http://nutritiondata.self.com/
The USDA Nutrient Database has a useful search function – it has more info than you’ll ever need! http://www.usda.gov/wps/portal/usda/usdahome
Eat Wild, “the #1 Site for grass-fed food & facts”. Find local grass-fed meat and dairy products here. http://www.eatwild.com/
The Mayo Clinic’s Nutrition and Healthy Eating site has a list of interesting articles if you scroll down. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/MY00431
AllExperts lets you ask a question about nutrition or food storage, and a food science expert will answer you directly. Can you keep an open bottle of ketchup on the shelf? Find out here! http://www.allexperts.com/el/Food-Science/
Slow Food USA/Slow Food Austin: The slow food movement envisions a world in which all people can eat food that is good for them, good for the people who grow it, and good for the planet. They hold fun, educational and delicious events such as farm tours, pickling demonstrations, and dinners featuring local foods. http://www.slowfoodusa.org and http://slowfoodaustin.org/
Journalist, author and whole food advocate Michael Pollan‘s site features sustainable eating and nutrition FAQs as well as a helpful links page. He’s my hero. http://michaelpollan.com/resources/sustainable-eating-nutrition/
The Eat Well Guide features a directory of sustainably-raised meat, poultry, dairy, and eggs. http://www.eatwellguide.org/i.php?pd=Home
Consumer Reports is the gold standard of independent product testing. Subscribe to the magazine or join their online membership. http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/index.htm
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