Chickens and Poultry – Weekly Care For You Birds

Looking After Your Chickens

One basic step you need to follow in order to insure that your chickens are happy and healthy is to check their food containers. It is important that both their feeder and drinking containers are fresh and full. Extreme weather conditions can take their toll on your chickens too. If it’s too cold out, make sure that their water supply is not frozen, if it’s too hot; make sure it’s cool enough for them to drink.
Protect your chickens by rubbing some Vaseline on the combs to protect against frostbite. Chickens need a bit of exercise just like the rest of us. Let them out of their henhouse in the morning. If you are going to be home and can watch them, let them of the run and allow them to roam freely. If no one is available to watch them, you are better off leaving them in the run to protect them against predators.
Once they are out of the hen-house, collect your eggs! By collecting them on a regular basis, you will prevent your hens from becoming broody and you will get fresher eggs. Make sure that the shade is in place! Since the shade protects the chickens from the elements, you need to make sure it is positioned properly.
Weekly Care
Check the dropping tray and don’t let it fill over capacity. You can empty the tray directly onto any vegetables growing in your garden, but don’t empty it into flower beds as droppings are too potent for flowers. You can also empty the tray into your compost bin to quicken the process of compost production.
Re-position the hen-house to another area regularly. It will help maintain your lawn in good condition and keep any diseases at bay. Check your chickens every week or so for signs of illness or injuries. Pick them up and check them out.

Free-Range Poultry on an Amish Farm

Melvin Fisher started raising pastured poultry on his Organic Grass Farm in 1997. In 1998, after seeing an article on the free-range system in a magazine Melvin ordered the book Free-Range Poultry Production and Marketing by Herman Beck-Chenoweth. Later he attended a workshop on range poultry production. In 1999 Melvin built six poultry skids using the plans in the book and stocked each with 400 Cornish Cross broilers. He retired the pastured poultry pens and never looked back. In 2002 he produced more than 6,000 chickens and 150 turkeys and dressed them out in America’s only U.S.D.A. Inspected non-electric poultry processing facility. This year he expects to raise, sell and process twice as many birds for sale to restaurants in Indiana and for the many customers who pick up at his scenic Park County farm.

Melvin’s operation is unique in many ways. Not only is his processing plant diesel powered, he uses horsepower to move the skids to fresh range (short-grass pasture) twice a week. A 16-year-old apprentice uses a two-horse Belgian-Percheron hitch to pull the skids. He loads the float-valve waterers and feed trays on board and pulls the skid ahead about 100 feet.

Moving the eight skids housing more than 3700 birds (Melvin also keeps 500 laying hens in skid houses and starts pullets on range) takes about three hours per week. Melvin states that this type of operation is much more time effective than hand moving pasture poultry pens. In fact, an operation this size would require 46 pens containing 80 birds apiece.

The pasture field itself is surrounded by a secure perimeter woven wire field fence but the broilers are protected by a single strand of solar powered electric fencing and two guard animals, a Great Pyrenees dog and a llama wether. These animals are used to deter predators as the skid houses are not closed at night. Since the introduction of the guard . animals predator problems have been minuscule. The single wire of electric fence keeps the horses and cattle that reside in the same field out of the skids and chicken feed. Layers and pullets range further than broiler chickens so their compound is surrounded by electric poultry netting to keep them closer to home.

White and red clover, orchard grass, Kentucky blue grass, perennial rye grass, and alfalfa provide a nice mix of legumes and grasses for pasture forage. Even though university research shows that chickens get only 10-15% of dry matter for their diet from the pasture itself, and turkeys up to 30%, the forage plays an important role. In addition, the pasture soil, as well as the bugs and grubs it supports, contains virtually ALL of the vitamins, minerals and trace elements required for a healthy bird. This eliminates any need for added vitamin supplements, all of which contain preservatives. Many people who believe that they are allergic to meat are actually allergic to the preservatives contained therein. Therefore, Melvin purchases organic grain from other farmers in the community and has it ground and mixed to his specifications without preservatives.

Range Poultry is Healthier to Eat

Recent findings support the view that animals raised on pasture have much higher levels of omega 3 fatty acids, conjugated lineolic acid (CLA), and beta carotene. These animals also have lower levels of fat and fewer calories. Authors and researchers such as Jo Robinson( Why Grassfed is Best) and Sally Fallon (Nourishing Traditions) are creating a new type of consumer better educated about the health benefits of grass fed meats.

Field Operations

Each skid has a floor area of eight by sixteen feet. All of the skids have wood floors and poultry wire walls. The initial skids had tarp roofs, but Melvin has switched to metal. Since he raises birds far into the season, he has also modified the skid plan from Free-Range Poultry Production and Marketing by installing fold-down combination shade and storm panels. In the book, skids are depicted as having a man door on each end, but Melvin has , converted one end door to a walk-up ramp that runs the full width of the skid. This allows younger birds easier access to the skid and reduces wear and tear on the pasture. This modification has been recommended by the author. and the revised plans have been included in the updated version of Free-Range Poultry Production and Marketing available from the web site or by calling 573.858.3244.

The skids have rot-resistant wood floors covered with hardwood sawdust litter. Litter is purchased by the semi-load for the price of hauling. The manure deposited on the skids at night produces a high quality compost that is an excellent fertilizer. At The Organic Grass Farm this manure has historically been used on Melvin’s family garden and since production is increasing future expansion into berry and fruit production is planned.

Layer Operations

The skids for the laying hens have been modified to contain roosts and nest boxes. These skids contain 250 hens each. Melvin uses hybrid brown egg-Layers such as Golden Comets. ) Each year he buys a different type of bird so that he can tell the flocks apart by age and color. In addition, he is keeping comprehensive egg-Laying records so that when his children take over the operation they will know which strains performed best. He broods the layers in a hoop-house structure that he also uses for rabbit production and for overwintering the hens.

The layer-hen compound is surrounded by electric poultry netting and contains a Great Pyrenees’ guard dog. In hot weather eggs are gathered twice per day and cooled in the farm’s diesel powered walk-in coolers. The eggs are placed in new fiber or Styrofoam cartons and are graded by size. Melvin charges his wholesale clients from $ 1.75 -$ 1.95 per dozen. In Indianapolis his eggs retail for $ 2.59- $ 3.00 per dozen depending upon size.

On Farm Processing Plant

During 2000 Melvin and his family constructed anew on-farm processing plant. Planning for this facility began in 1999 and required six months of meetings with the Indiana Department of Agriculture, who provided input into the design. Construction was progressing during the last three months of the planning period. The building was completed in time to be put in service midway through the 2000 production year and features bird-by-bird inspection. Melvin considers the inspectors to be his partners in producing a quality product and says that when it comes to working with inspectors that “attitude is everything and respect for authority is a must.”

The processing plant includes a 20′ x 30′ processing area, 12′ x 16′ walk in coolers and freezers and an 8′ x 24′ office and restroom area. Suntubes provide light over the work areas on sunny days. The walls are Glasboard (a type of water impervious paneling mandated for use in many food processing facilities and dairy milk houses) and painted steel. A poured concrete floor is equipped with floor drains. Processing water is provided by a deep well tested for purity. The plant cost about $ 50,000.00 to complete including used equipment manufactured by Pickwick and Ashley. The Organic Grass Farm processes all ages of chickens in a 3 -5 pound range. They also process turkeys in the 14- 30 pound range.

Plant Operations

Presently the plant operates one day per week and processes about 250 birds in a four-hour processing run. Of course, additional time for bagging, cut up, weighing and plant clean up is required. The crew of five typically consists of Melvin, his wife and three teenage assistants. Harvesting the birds is a snap due to the walk-in nature of the skid shelters. The doors are closed confining the birds to the skid. They are then loaded into plastic crates for the horse-drawn trip to the processing plant.

As stated earlier, plans are to double production this year, a task that the facility can easily handle. Presently most birds are delivered to the Indianapolis area by hired van but Melvin also utilizes delivery by overnight express services like Fed Ex and UPS to service orders. Due to the fact that his product is U.S.D.A. inspected he can ship anywhere in the United States.

The future of The Organic Grass Farm looks bright. Melvin’s attention to detail and his commitment to sustainable farming and animal welfare insure a continued market for his top-quality products. His success should be uplifting to all of us aspiring to become leaders in supplying the needs of our local foodsheds.

What Is Nutrisystem’s Frozen Foods Called? Where Can You Buy Them?

I’ve started receiving a lot of questions about Nutrisystem’s new program which includes “gourmet” or restaurant quality frozen meals. This is somewhat different from the prepackaged meals that typically only require minimal assembly. This new line of meals is described as “fresh frozen” and is marketed under the name “select.” So, in the following article, I will give you an overview of the foods offered, the program itself, where to get them, and the cost.

An Overview Of Nutrisystem’s “Fresh Frozen” Line (AKA “Select”): Basically, this line gives you basically half “fresh frozen” meals and half of the “regular basic items.” So, when you do go to this page of the company’s website, you might see some foods that you recognize. However, there are several new “gourmet” frozen items that are available. Specifically, there are around 25 additional options. This plan has been very well received, so I would not be at all surprised to see a lot more new additions to this lineup in the future. Below, I’ll outline exactly what foods have been added. These can be ordered from the company’s website.

Nutrisystem Select Breakfast Options: I honestly think that the basic plan’s breakfast is really good. I get by just fine with this without needing to upgrade. However, even I have to admit that the new pancakes and French toast are pretty delicious. There is also a vegetable frittata, a veggie omelet, and a turkey and egg breakfast sandwich. These are all good, but as a carb – lover, I’m more fond of the pancakes and toast.

Nutrisystem Select Lunch Additions: Under the lunch category, we’ve gotten several new sandwiches which are very welcome. I have always felt that the lunch selections were the skimpiest, as there are a lot of soups on the basic plan. So, they have now added a ham and cheese melt, a steak and cheese melt, a chicken fajita, and vegetable or margarita pizza. All of these are quite tasty and as sandwiches weren’t really represented before, this will likely be very well received.

Nutrisystem Select Dinner Selections: There are a lot of Asian selections that have been added here. And there are a lot of thick and savory sauces. If you order these items individually, you’ll see that they are the most expensive items that you can buy a la carte. In truth, they are worth it. These dinner entrées are really where you can see a huge difference in the taste and sometimes in texture. If there was one place where I would fight tooth and nail to get the “fresh frozen” foods, it would be in the dinners. They have added Asian beef, steak with portabella mushrooms, roast turkey, glazed chicken, shrimp alfredo, and ravioli.

Snacks And Desserts: As with the breakfasts, I’ve always felt that the basic plan covered the desserts and snack pretty well. I mean, where else can you have candy bars, strawberry shortcake, and chocolate brownies? So, I have no complaints about these things – frozen or not. But this new line has added in some awesome ice cream sandwiches, a fudge swirl, blueberry parfait, apple crisp, peach crisp, and chocolate and orange bars. I’m extremely fond of the parfait and the crisp.

Now, the new select line is bit pricier. In general, you’re looking at around $ 4 per meal or around $ 350 per month (although this is before coupons that can really help. And sometimes, they put this line on sale where it’s the same price as the regular.  You can check at  And, this is for five meals per day. I don’t think that you can do much better than this for basic groceries. And, it’s very hard to come up with decent tasting meals that are low enough in calories and carbs to get you in ketosis, so I firmly believe that this is worth every penny. However, I also know that the basic plan is the most popular out there. So not every one thinks this upgrade is necessary. But, if you’re a ‘foodie” or if fresh frozen meals are important to you, then you will likely be pleasantly surprised with how good these are.

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DDGS Tests to Ensure Quality Feed For Livestock and Poultry

With the price of corn steadily rising, other means in which to feed the nations’ two and four legged food sources are being pursued. Corn, once considered the unquestioned king of all eatable crops, has grown unpopular over the years as a human food product as both unnecessary and expensive to produce.

These days, it costs more to produce and refine corn than it can even sell for as food in the first place. Switching to producing ethanol based products is seen as both more cost effective and environmentally friendly.

DDGS stands for Distillers Dried Grains with Solubles. It’s a by-product of the distillation process. As ethanol production has grown increasingly popular, DDGS have become an efficient, effective way to feed the nations livestock and poultry. It is an effective way to cut back on waste.

Worries over the quality and nutrient values leave many resistant to it, preventing it from becoming the nation’s primary source of animal feed. Sold primarily as a protein source, it accounts for about 15 to 20 percent of a cow’s diet. As prices for DDGS fall, more studies are being done to determine just how much of a cow’s diet can be replaced.

Each animal differs when it comes to diet and many of the studies have been focused on pigs, which leaves dairy farmers and livestock producers hesitant to fully embrace this new trend. As DDGS can slowly lose its nutritional value over time, there are also concerns about its actual cost effectiveness.

The economics concerning cost effectiveness related to feed prices is determined primarily by three main factors. Feed prices, the cost of changing out feeds, and the overall difference in feed performance are all heavily taken into account before any drastic changes are made. In most cases, animals have taken favorably to their new diets, with few problems. Other farmers worry though about the catastrophic outcomes should their own animals not make the switch so conveniently.

So far, the switch to DDGS has done little to affect the favor and substances of the nation’s animals as they are consumed by the public. Taste, texture and flavor all rated equally to those animals that were fed other diets. For the most part, nutrients remained equal among all the animals in relation to other feeds.

Among other worries, many Americans are concerned about the things they put in bodies. Many swear they can taste the difference between grass-grazed cattle and feed based cattle, and can explain how farmed salmon is different from open sea versions.

Many ranchers are worried that adding DDGS will cause a barely informed public to raise unnecessary concerns about the differences of how their burgers taste. Informing the masses of change can be an expensive, tricky and sometimes futile situation.

A fickle meat-consuming public can lead to drastic drops in the meat market. Teaching and informing an already confused public about what DDGS actually is, is a task many in the meat industry would rather not face. With the push to increase ethanol in the U.S., Americans might just not have a choice.

Lapland and cross country skiing on the frozen Lakes.

If you visit Lapland in the summer, it may surprise you how warm it actually is, the birds sing and the smell or freshly cut grass floats around the village in Yllas Lapland. The weather is remarkably warm which is a stark contrast to the long bitterly cold winter that lasts for over 200 days.

The autumn is very much in force in Lapland at the moment, the days are growing shorter and the cold nights brings with it, the cold frosts. The mist rises from the lakes in the early morning and returns in the evening.

As the temperatures begin to drop the snow will arrive and although the snows will not stick for a couple of weeks, when they do, the snow in Lapland is quite considerable. The lakes will not freeze magically and take a couple of months before they are safe to ski, fish and walk on. The lakes will freeze completely, normally by January and cross country skiing and ice fishing will then take place. The snowmobiles will also zoom over the frozen lakes as a short cut to many different places.

The ice fishing is a very popular activity and the thought of catching a fish in the depths of a frozen lake is sometimes a dream but it does actually work. Although there are many times that fish are not caught, very often ice fishing is very successful. The fish caught are then cooked on an open fire and you can enjoy them for supper. The local’s years ago relied heavily on ice fishing as a source of income and would wait by the holes in the ice for hours before being rewarded by a catch.

The cross country ski tracks are formed by the many cross country skiers who venture out onto the lakes; there are many tracks all the way around the lakes and tracks that lead to longer tracks. The cross country skiing is a popular sport not just for the holidaymakers but for the locals also who can be seen regularly with their children most mornings and evenings. There are also cross country ski tracks further up in the village where you can cross country ski under the stars on Christmas Eve.

Lapland offers something for the holidaymaker in both the summer and winter months and it really is a beautiful place to take a holiday. The summer offers a warm family friendly place where children will love exploring and the winter offers a family place where the magic will take your breath away.




Chicken Poultry Importers Help Make the World Healthy

The India Trading Company has been reliable U.K. Chicken Poultry Importers. These chickens are sent to the U.K. supermarket chains.

Chicken is a very healthy food choice for many reasons. It can treat the following body parts and conditions:

• Brain Health
• Thyroid Health
• Cancer Protection
• Heart Health
• Weight Loss

Chicken contains an ingredient called Niacin, which helps keep the brain healthy and helps to prevent people from developing dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. Niacin also helps fight off cancer if a person eats as little as four ounces of chicken per day. From this serving they get close to 72% of the niacin a person needs every day. Selenium, another ingredient in chicken, protects the thyroid and keeps it functioning properly. A study determined that a lack of selenium can cause low levels of T3 and other thyroid problems. The selenium in chicken helps the body’s thyroid hormone metabolism and improves both the immune system and the defense systems for anti-oxidants found in the human body. Chicken also contains vitamin B6, which helps people have a healthy heart. This is because the B6 wards off high levels of homocysteine, which can damage a person’s blood vessel walls. The vitamin B6 also helps construct molecules in the body. People trying to lose weight will often eat chicken because it has less calories and fat, but more protein than red meats do. The protein found in chicken helps people lose weight quickly. In addition to these many health benefits, chicken also helps to boost a person’s energy level. The vitamins B3 and B6 that are found in chicken give the body more nutrients and calories that give people energy. It may also affect our health when we don’t eat proper chicken so, selecting proper Chicken Poultry Importers are also important besides taking healthy chicken.

The elderly are encouraged to eat chicken because it helps protect against bone loss. As little as 100 grams of chicken breast provide people with more than 50% of the protein a person needs in order to be healthy. Phosphorous is present in chicken and this is why it keeps a person’s bones healthy. In addition, phosphorous is a mineral that improves a person’s oral health and keeps the liver, kidneys and central nervous system functioning normally. Another health benefit to eating chicken is that is has tryptophan, which is an amino acid that is essential to good health. Tryptophan helps raise the level of serotonin in a person’s brain, making it easier for them to sleep. It also acts as an anti-depressant as well.

There are some interesting facts about chicken that proves how healthy it really is. For example, chicken has more polyunsaturated fat than red meats do. Polyunsaturated fat is known as the “good” fat. When it comes to food allergies, chicken is a much safer choice than any other kind of meat because there are not many allergic reactions or side effects related to chicken. In addition to the health benefits of the chicken itself, many of its internal body parts are also healthy to eat. The gizzards, liver and heart are all good for the body also.

Chicken is a very healthy and popular choice among people all over the United States for its many health benefits. In fact, throughout the world, chicken is the most frequently eaten type of poultry because of its health benefits and its availability.

Cold Chain Design for Frozen Products

A successful cold chain company knows how to efficiently transport frozen products from the source to the destination while complying with all standards. In cold chain applications, maintaining the required temperature is the most important challenge.  Without that assurance the the quality of the product can be damaged.

In order to transport temperature sensitive products and maintain their integrity, supply chain solution providers should have well designed and documented processes from pre-shipment preparation to final verification and delivery to destination. The design of an efficient cold chain packing process should contain three steps.

Identify the appropriate cold chain materials. The most used refrigerant for passive cold chain packing systems are the water-based ones, however this is not a good solution to keep the product temperature under 0°C. This is because any small temperature variance within the container can cause the product to rise above 0°C. To keep the item temperature below 0°C, a different type of refrigerant should be used. Basically the product category will dictate the material to be used, however there is one to rule to follow when testing the refrigerant and that is to precondition them at least 10°C below the phase point.  For example most designs for transport that take less than two days will use expanded polystyrene (EPS) containers. Two or three day transports will use polyurethane (PUR) containers. For durations beyond three days you should consider using Vacuum Insulated Panels (VIP).

Identify the optimal configuration. In the majority of cases the most efficient design is to place frozen refrigerants below and above the products. It is important to have more gel packs above the payload because the cold dense air created by the refrigerant will always flow down. Another important design aspect is the air flow within the packing configuration. You must ensure that cold air from the top frozen gels can circulate to the product load below.

Test and document the successful solution. Although you must test the cold chain shipping configuration in both summer and winter conditions, usually the tests are not done in the winter if the summer tests were successful. One important aspect of testing is to place the temperature measurement probes on the top corners of the package because this area will always be the location of the highest product temperatures at the end of the thermal test.

Deciding upon the best container material (whether EPS, PUR or VIP) and identifying the suitable amount of refrigerant is vital in creating a successful packing configuration. When assessing a cold chain design for frozen products, it is best to focus the temperature measurement on the top corners of the product load. In order to maximize the phase change of the PCMs from solid to liquid and therefore keeping the product load in the required temperature range attention needs to be given to the container’s thermodynamics.

Use Fish As An Alternative To Meat And Poultry

Add Fish To Your Menu

Eating fish have various advantages. EverybAody loves to eat meat and poultry. You have tasted hundreds of items which has meat or poultry in them. Almost all the menu cards of different restaurants will be packed with food items containing meat. Most people don’t know that eating red meat and other meats which are rich in fats and cholesterol are not good to our health it can lead to many types of health problems such as heart attack, obesity; diabetes etc. people began to recognize the benefits of adding fish in their daily diet when the government recommended them in the recent past. But most of the people are still unaware of health benefits of fish. Popularity of different fish items are very less compared to other meat items. There are many fishes that provide great taste and good health like giant octopus, crabs, prawns, lobsters, oysters, tilapia etc.

Different Types Of Fishes

Fishes are mainly classified into fresh water fishes and salt water fishes. Using both these types of fishes is very good to health. Some people may not like the fishy taste of fresh water fishes those people prefers more salt water fishes like crabs, shrimps, prawns, squids, giant octopus etc. sea food is the favorite cuisine of different people in different countries. There are many recipes available to cook different types of fishes. Hundreds of recipes are available to cook fish most of them are Chinese and Japanese. Sushi is one popular cuisine made up of fish. Thousands of people love sushi around the world. Shrimp and crabs are also very tasty sea foods with lots of fans. Many food items like shrimp scampi, garlic scampi etc are very tasty food items. Unique taste of crab is also very popular among seafood lovers.

Advantage Of Using Fish

Almost all fishes like tilapia are very rich in proteins and other essential elements that your body needs. Fishes are the perfect food items for those who wants to reduce their body weight because it contains very little amount of fat in it. Even body builders and athletes can use the benefits of fish protein. Not only protein but also many other essential nutrients like amino acids are present in fish items. The B vitamins present in the fish will help in the overall development of your body and help you to stay fit. Eating fish regularly will avoid cardio vascular diseases and will help you to stay healthier.

More Benefits Of Using Fish

Fish can be a very good alternative to those who are searching for a substitute to poultry and meat. You can experience different flavor by eating fish. Another advantage is that fish contains different important nutrient such as essential fatty acids. They help them in maintaining the well being of our body. Fishes like tilapia, cod, tuna etc are very rich in with all these minerals and nutrients. They are easily available everywhere. They are also available in frozen and canned forms also.

Tips On Building Your Frozen Food Storage

Food stored constantly at 0 degree F will always be safe. Only the quality suffers with lengthy freezer storage.

Freezing keeps food safe by slowing the movement of molecules, causing microbes to enter a dormant stage. Freezing preserves food for extended periods because it prevents the growth of microorganisms that cause both food spoilage and food borne illness.

Freezing to zero degrees Fahrenheit inactivates any microbes, bacteria, yeasts and molds, present in food. Once thawed, however, these microbes can again become active, multiplying under the right conditions to levels that can lead to food-borne illness.

Since they will then grow at about the same rate as microorganisms on fresh food, you must handle thawed items as you would any perishable. Thorough cooking will destroy bacteria.

Trichina and other parasites can be destroyed by sub-zero freezing temperatures. However, very strict government-supervised conditions must be met.

It is not recommended to rely on home freezing to destroy trichina. Thorough cooking will destroy all parasites.

Freshness and quality at the time of freezing affect the condition of frozen foods. If frozen at peak quality, foods emerge tasting better than foods frozen near the end of their useful life.

So freeze items you won’t use quickly sooner rather than later. Store all foods at 0 degree F or lower to retain vitamin content, color, flavor and texture. The freezing process itself does not destroy nutrients. In meat and poultry products, there is little change in nutrient value during freezer storage.

Enzyme activity can lead to the deterioration of foods quality. Enzymes present in animals, vegetables and fruit promote chemical reactions, such as ripening.

Freezing only slows the enzyme activity that takes place in foods. It does not halt these reactions which continue after harvesting. Enzyme activity does not harm frozen meats or fish and is neutralized by the acids in frozen fruits.

But most vegetables that freeze well are low acid and require a brief, partial cooking to prevent deterioration. This is called “blanching.” For successful freezing, blanch or partially cook vegetables in boiling water or in a microwave oven.

Then rapidly chill the vegetables prior to freezing and storage. Consult a cookbook for timing.

Proper packaging helps maintain quality and prevent “freezer burn.” It is safe to freeze meat or poultry directly in its supermarket wrapping but this type of wrap is permeable to air.

Unless you will be using the food in a month or two, over-wrap these packages as you would any food for long-term storage using airtight heavy-duty foil, plastic wrap or freezer paper, or place the package inside a plastic bag. Use these materials or airtight freezer containers to repackage family packs into smaller amounts or freeze foods from opened packages.

It is not necessary to rinse meat and poultry before freezing. Freeze unopened vacuum packages as is.

If you notice that a package has accidentally torn or has opened while food is in the freezer, it is still safe to use; merely over-wrap or re-wrap it.

Freezer burn does not make food unsafe, merely dry in spots. It appears as grayish-brown leathery spots and is caused by air reaching the surface of the food.

Cut freezer-burned portions away either before or after cooking the food. Heavily freezer-burned foods may have to be discarded for quality reasons.

Color changes can occur in frozen foods. The bright red color of meat as purchased usually turns dark or pale brown depending on its variety.

This may be due to lack of oxygen, freezer burn or abnormally long storage. Freezing doesn’t usually cause color changes in poultry.

However, the bones and the meat near them can become dark. Bone darkening results when pigment seeps through the porous bones of young poultry into the surrounding tissues when the poultry meat is frozen and thawed.

The dulling of color in frozen vegetables and cooked foods is usually the result of excessive drying due to improper packaging or over-lengthy storage.

Freeze food as fast as possible to maintain its quality. Rapid freezing prevents undesirable large ice crystals from forming throughout the product because the molecules don’t have time to take their positions in the characteristic six-sided snowflake.

Slow freezing creates large, disruptive ice crystals. During thawing, they damage the cells and dissolve emulsions. This causes meat to “drip”–lose juiciness. Emulsions such as mayonnaise or cream will separate and appear curdled.

New Bright Street Dessert?? Honey Wine Frozen Yogurt – Sour Cream, Frozen Yogurt – Food Industry

On Haiou cheese Food Aimed at China Refrigeration Technology Co., Ltd. Yogurt Potentially large market, the R & D team, learning from the experience of foreign advanced technology, combined with the taste characteristics of the Chinese people, make bold innovations, developed with Chinese characteristics, frozen yogurt, honey wine, and formed four series, a more than 100 varieties taste the same time, make and sell used store business model to ensure that products sold fresh daily, in the company’s customer-honey yogurt shop on the Hass been introduced, has aroused strong repercussions, despite the cold season , into the consumption of frozen yogurt shop customers keep coming, one store sold over 500 copies a day, setting the miracle of ice in winter hot! Fully shown the unique charm of frozen yogurt, a Shanghai street food dessert new highlights.

The last decade, China Dairy Consumption shown good growth momentum, species are increasingly abundant. In the dazzling array of Dairy products , Especially yogurt and Ice cream , Has been extremely nutritious, and the palatability of the well welcomed by consumers, the fastest growing in the dairy industry, the greatest potential. In contrast, yogurt more than ice cream, health, nutrition sector, and consumers are recognized, but the momentum of development in our ice cream significantly stronger than yogurt. The reasons are mainly two: First, people Icy ice cream taste good taste preference, but yogurt is the absence of such critiques; second, from the color, smell, taste, shape the comprehensive advantages of the product is , ice cream stronger than yogurt. However, its nutritional value and health effects on the human body, yogurt and other dairy products can not compare alternative. However, in the yogurt family, this species has long been a frozen yogurt, but did not attract attention. Frozen yogurt, yogurt is used as the main Raw material After a special system of processing by the cold of frozen desserts, yogurt and ice cream which has the dual advantage of the characteristics of a combo of new dairy products.

In fact, frozen yogurt has long been popular in Europe and the United States. In the U.S., frozen yogurt ice cream has gone beyond the development momentum. And? As compared to dairy or ice cream, frozen yogurt has a significant advantage is rich in lactic acid bacteria, which belong to human Probiotics Help digestion, improve appetite and regulate bowel functions, while effective in preventing intestinal infection, intestinal parasitic toxin production in the body of microorganisms, the removal of harmful substances in the intestine, promoting VD and calcium absorption.

Frozen yogurt in China’s commercial development and promotion, far behind the U.S. and Europe, now China’s consumer market is almost frozen yogurt is still in a blank state, as a new type of frozen food, occasionally in high-end restaurant and upscale hotels

With the rapid economic development, China Diet Consumption patterns have undergone great changes in people’s daily diet, not just to buy food, and in the focus on health, but also seek to enjoy delicious pleasure brought. Best frozen yogurt honey off, honey brew, make and sell, fresher, healthier, which brings together the advantages of both yogurt and ice cream, has a good habit and health, and naturally by the consumers, just consumption of a healthy diet to meet the new trend, which shows a good market prospect!