Thursday, January 29, 2015

Food Safety Labs

The Danger Zone

We poured hot water into two separate containers. One container was shallow, and the other one was tall. My hypothesis was that the water in the shallow container would cool faster than the water in the tall container. The starting temperature of the water was 111° F. We used a digital thermometer to test the temperature of the water every 5 minutes.

After 5 Minutes
Tall = 102° F
Shallow = 92° F

After 10 Minutes
Tall = 102° F
Shallow = 85° F

After 15 Minutes
Tall = 97.5° F
Shallow = 79.1° F

After 20 Minutes
Tall = 94.1° F
Shallow = 77.7° F

The data supports my hypothesis, "The water in the shallow container will cool faster than the water in the tall container." This experiment showed us that we should store food in tight, small containers when putting it in the fridge because it will cool down faster.

Bacteria Colonies
We swabbed various objects around the school and observed the bacteria that grew.

1. The thing that surprised me the most about this lab was just how much bacteria is on everything. Even stuff that I thought was pretty clean still developed some pretty gross bacteria.
2. The place that resulted in the most bacteria was definitely the door to the girls' bathroom. The spot where people put there hand to open the door was really gross! There was a huge spot of fuzzy, moldy stuff growing bigger each day. It was nasty!
3. I learned a lot from this lab, and I will definitely be applying it. I think I'll seriously start making sure that I wash my hands before doing anything along the lines of eating or cooking. The objects that we tested were all things that I might touch on a daily basis. Just seeing how much bacteria is on them really makes me want to make sure I always wash my hands!

Hand Washing
This a video we made about how to properly wash your hands. Get rid of all the germs!

This a video we made about how to properly wash dishes. Enjoy!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Goals and Recipes

My Goals:
- Learn how to cook basic things
- Learn how to eat healthy
- To try new things

Recipes that describe me:
Honey Lime Rainbow Fruit Salad
  • 1 lb fresh strawberries, diced
  • 1 lb fresh pineapple, diced
  • 12 oz fresh blueberries
  • 12 oz red grapes, diced into halves
  • 4 kiwis, peeled and diced
  • 1 (15 oz) can mandarin oranges in juice, drained well and sliced into halves
  • 2 ripe bananas, diced*
  • Honey Lime Dressing
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 tsp lime zest (zest of 2 medium limes)
  • 1 Tbsp fresh lime juice
  • Add all fruit to a large mixing bowl. In a small mixing bowl, whisk together they honey, lime zest and lime juice. Pour over fruit just before serving and toss to evenly coat (as it sits for a few minutes the juices will gather at the bottom, so toss again before plating).

Peanut Butter Oreo Pie
  • 1 package of Oreos, divided use
  • 6 tbsp butter, melted
  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 8 oz whipped topping (like Cool Whip)
  • Hot fudge topping, for drizzling
  1. Place 25 Oreos into food processor. Pulse until coarse crumbs.
  2. Add melted butter and pulse until combined.
  3. Press into bottom and sides of pie dish. Set aside.
  4. Roughly chop remaining Oreos.
  5. In bowl, beat together cream cheese, powdered sugar, milk, vanilla, and peanut butter.
  6. Fold in whipped topping.
  7. Fold in 1 cup of the chopped Oreos. Save remaining chopped Oreos for topping.
  8. Pour peanut butter filling on top of pie crust. Sprinkle with remaining chopped Oreos.
  9. Freeze at least 2 hours.
  10. Once ready to serve, drizzle with melted fudge topping.