Learn why your food spoils faster than it should, how long an unsightly pimple will last and the maximum hours of TV your child should be watching. Plus, the most effective one-hour workout!
Food Storage: Don't Rush!
After a trip to the grocery store, you probably throw fruits and veggies in the crisper, take eggs out of the carton and seal cheese in a plastic bag. Not so fast! Editor-in-Chief of Every Day with Rachael Ray, Liz Vaccariello, says that how you store your food affects the amount of time it stays fresh and nutritious.
Top Five Fridge Flubs
1. Not keeping your eggs in the carton: Eggshells are porous, which allows moisture from within the egg to evaporate or escape, and storing eggs in a carton will keep them fresh longer because it slows the evaporation process. It is also best to keep eggs at a constant temperature, so store them on shelf and not in the door.
2. Storing milk in the door: We open and close the fridge many times each day, changing milk's temperature if stored in the door, which can promote bacterial growth. Store milk in the back of the fridge near the cold-air vents on the top or bottom shelves.
3. Fruits and veggies in the same crisper: Fruits, particularly apples, release ethylene as they ripen, which can make your leafy greens wilt within days.
4. Wrapping cheese in plastic: Non-processed, high quality cheese is meant to breathe and should be wrapped in wax paper instead of plastic. If you find mold on hard cheese, it is OK to cut around it, but moldy soft cheese must be thrown away.
5. Storing leftovers in a pot: Putting a hot pot of chili, soup or stew in the fridge is asking for trouble. Hot meats and vegetables take longer to chill, making time for bacteria to develop. Store leftovers in separate containers that are no more than 3 inches deep and preferably glass.
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Must-Know Cooking Times
Most people don't use a thermometer every time they cook their meat, so how do you know when it's reached the proper cooking temperature and is safe to eat? Chef Devin Alexander confirms the proper cook times for chicken, pork and beef based on The Doctors recommended 4 ounce serving of meat. Be sure to store meat in a clean container with a lid, on the bottom shelf of the refrigerator to avoid any drippings that can spoil other foods.
• In a skillet on medium to high heat, cook chicken breasts for 3 minutes on each side, add your favorite toppings, then roast in the oven for 5 to 9 minutes.
• Broil pork for 3 to 5 minutes per side.
• For a medium-rare steak, cook in a grill pan for 4 to 5 minutes per side.
• Ground beef appears brown before reaching a safe internal temperature. Make sure to grill hamburgers at least 3 minutes per side, and let them rest for 5 minutes before serving.
Timing is Everything ... When it Comes to Parenting
The Most Effective One-Hour Workout
Three women of equal height, weight, age and fitness levels determine if the elliptical trainer, stationary bike or treadmill burns the most calories in one hour. E.R. physician Dr. Travis Stork checks in to see which piece of equipment provides the best burn.
Time for Pain Relief
Jessica asks The Doctors how long it takes for over-the-counter pain medication to kick in, and when it is safe to take the next dose.
The amount of time it takes for pain medication to work depends on the type of medication and your body's metabolism. Over-the-counter medications such as ibuprofen, acetaminophen and aspirin work in different ways, and Dr. Travis explains how each type is absorbed by the body.
In general, ibuprofen and acetaminophen start taking effect in an hour and treat pain for five to eight hours. But while a variety of pain medications can be bought over the counter, that doesn't mean they're safe. Acetaminophen can cause problems with the liver, and ibuprofen can exacerbate ulcers and kidney problems. Be sure to discuss with your doctor which medication is best for you.
When treating your child's pain, Dr. Sears advises alternating between ibuprofen and acetaminophen every three hours. He recommends starting with ibuprofen, as it seems to take affect quicker in children than acetaminophen. Never give your child aspirin unless otherwise directed by his or her pediatrician.
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