STAR K TO TRAIN ALL MASHGICHIM IN HACCP CERTIFIED!

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-K Kosher Certification became the first major Kosher certification organization to have its entire Kosher administrative staff become Hazard Analysis & Critical Control Point (HACCP) trained. The, took place on November 18-19, 2014, in STAR-K’s Baltimore headquarters. Participants traveled from as far away as California to take the intense two-day in-house HACCP course, taught by NSF International; they all passed the qualifying exam

“STAR-K Kosher Administrators, who are already visiting plants to set up impeccable Kosher standards, have a distinct advantage when they are proficient in areas of food safety, as well,” explains STAR-K Kosher Certification President Dr. Avrom Pollak. “It is with that in mind that we arranged to have NSF International provide in-house HACCP manager training to our entire staff of Kosher Administrators.”

HACCP, a systematic, scientifically-based approach to food safety, provides a method for identifying significant physical, chemical, and microbiological hazards in the production of food and implementing control measures to prevent, eliminate, or reduce significant hazards to an acceptable level.

“We at STAR-K take food safety very seriously,” notes Dr. Pollak. “Through Rabbinical supervision, we provide joint Kosher/Organic and Kosher/Non-GMO auditing programs in our partnership with Quality Assurance International (QAI), a member of the NSF International family of companies. Similarly, we plan on helping companies produce Kosher products in the safest way possible, in accordance with Federal HACCP regulations, if they so desire.”

“Teaching the group from STAR-K was a terrific experience,” says instructor Greg Komar, NSF International’s Technical Manager for Agriculture in North America. “The participants were very enthusiastic, inquisitive and were very open to learning about how HACCP training is used as a system for safe food production. It was clear they gained new food safety knowledge from the class and found it relevant to their food production experiences and knowledge. Kosher Administrators visit many food production operations for the STAR-K certification program, and with the addition of HACCP training, consumers can now purchase Kosher certified products that include an inspection of fundamental food safety practices which translates into positive consumer benefit.”

STAR-K Director of Special Projects Rabbi Zvi Holland noted, “HACCP training offers Kosher Administrators an inside look at the way the industry is regulated from a perspective other than Kosher. It offers a different perspective on production that is helpful when dealing with Kosher certification. It is another example of the way STAR-K dedicates so many resources to ensure that our Rabbis are not only up to date but ahead of the curve on the ever-changing world of food production.”

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Kudos to the Star-K. This is wonderful news!!

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Posted on January 27, 2015 at 12:04 am by rebrapp · Permalink · Leave a comment
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AMAZING USES FOR GARLIC

FROM THE READY STORE

Ward Off Problems with 10 Garlic Uses
Written by Brandon Garrett

Garlic isn’t just for keeping away Dracula. In fact, the notion that garlic warded off vampires is centuries old and is connected to the fact that garlic is a natural remedy for cuts, mosquito bites, and coughs. Garlic can also be used for making glue, fishing, fighting infections and treating cuts and more.

So, while garlic might come in handy on Halloween for fighting the undead, it’s also important to know what you can use the plant for during the rest of the year. Here are a few little known facts of what you can do with garlic:

Mosquito repellent
If you want to ward off all those blood-sucking vampires from knocking on your door this Halloween, garlic is the way to go! In fact, the notion that garlic wards off vampires might have come from the fact that garlic is a natural mosquito repellent.

It’s not clear exactly why mosquitoes don’t like garlic but it probably has something to do with the plant’s compounds being harmful. You can repel mosquitoes by either hanging garlic cloves around your deck or campsite or by applying garlic extract to your skin.

Garden pesticide
A lot of commercial pesticides can be harmful to the environment and dangerous to keep around your family. Garlic is a natural pesticide and is just as effective as many commercial options. Mince three garlic cloves and add them to a tablespoon of mineral oil and let them sit for 24 hours. Strain out the garlic and add the oil – along with a teaspoon of dish soap – to a pint of water and apply through a spray bottle to your plants.

Fish bait
If your town is running through a worm shortage, don’t fear! Just place a bunch of small marshmallows in a bowl of garlic powder or crushed garlic. Cover the bowl and allow to sit. When you go fishing, just apply the marshmallows to your hook and toss them in the water. The garlic will attract bass, trout and other kinds of fish.

Glue
Garlic can even be used as an adhesive. Crush garlic cloves. Apply the garlic juices to paper and hairline cracks in glass and it will act as an adhesive. Apply the sticky crushed garlic and it’s juices to the cracks and paper and wipe away the excess. Chinese people have been using this method for centuries.

Cough syrup
Garlic is so potent that it can help you suppress that cough and get rid of your sore throat. Boil a quarter pound of garlic cloves in a cup of water. Add honey and sugar for taste. You can also create a garlic tea by soaking a clove of garlic in a cup of water.

De-icer
In 2008, Ankeny, Iowa, must have smelled pretty potent when they used garlic salt to remove ice off the roads. The garlic salt, which was unfit for human consumption, was donated by a local spice producer.

Athlete’s foot
Garlic is also a natural antifungal! You can use it to combat athlete’s foot infections and cut back on the itching. Add a few cloves of garlic to a warm foot bath and soak your feet for 30 minutes.

Cuts and abrasions
You can use garlic to help treat cuts or abrasions. Gently wash the area of the wound with soapy, warm water and pat it dry with a clean cloth. Peel a garlic clove and bruise one side of it by slamming it on the table or an edge. Then gently apply the bruised area against your cut or abrasion for 5-10 minutes. Garlic contains allicin, which inhibits the growth of several kinds of bacteria and protects against infection. If the garlic stings, remove the garlic instantly.

Ear infections
For centuries, people have used garlic’s anti-bacterial qualities to fight infections – including ear infections. Now, don’t chop up a bunch of garlic cloves and jam them down your ear. Instead, crush garlic cloves with a press and place it in a teaspoon of hot olive oil for five minutes. Strain the garlic and allow the oil to cool. Carefully place a few drops of the remedy at a time down your ear canal. You can also purchase garlic oil made for this purpose.

Splinter removal
Splinters are painful to remove and many times you need a quick, easy solution to get the splinter out. Instead of waiting for the piece to remove itself, place a thin slice of garlic over the splinter and hold it in place with a bandage. The garlic will help the skin work the splinter out within a few hours.

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Posted on January 26, 2015 at 12:01 am by rebrapp · Permalink · Leave a comment
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CARAMELIZED BAKED CHICKEN

FROM THE DAILY DISH

Caramelized Baked Chicken Recipe

Recipe by Sandy

“Roast chicken pieces with sticky, sweet and tangy coating.”

Ingredients
Original recipe makes 6 servings Change Servings

3 pounds chicken wings

2 tablespoons olive oil

1/2 cup soy sauce

2 tablespoons ketchup

1 cup honey

1 clove garlic, minced

salt and pepper to taste

Directions

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
Place chicken in a 9×13 inch baking dish. Mix together the oil, soy sauce, ketchup, honey, garlic, salt and pepper. Pour over the chicken.
Bake in preheated oven for one hour, or until sauce is caramelized.

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Posted on January 23, 2015 at 12:05 am by rebrapp · Permalink · Leave a comment
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HEALTH BENEFITS OF DRINKING WHISKEY

FROM LUXURY SPOT

All the health benefits of whiskey you wish you knew earlier… you’re welcome:

Whiskey is one of the best alcohols you can drink. Not only is it the least likely to give you a hangover, but it’s also one of the healthiest around. You’ll find that having a few fingers of whiskey every week can help to:

Avoid Weight Gain – Whiskey is a low-calorie alcohol, especially when compared to the many cocktails, beers, and wines you can find on supermarket shelves. You can drink a tumbler of whiskey without worrying about packing on the pounds thanks to its low sugar content.

Boost Heart Health – Did you know that drinking whiskey can actually make your heart healthier? Aside from wine and dark beer, what other alcohols can claim that? Not only will whiskey reduce the risk of blood clots, but it will lower your stroke and heart attack risk as well. The antioxidants in whiskey stop cholesterol from clogging your arteries, and it can even boost your good cholesterol.

Fight Cancer — Whiskey is rich in antioxidants, particularly one known as ellagic acid. This antioxidant stops your body’s DNA from coming in contact with cancer-causing compounds, reducing the risk of carcinogens forming. It can also protect your body from chemotherapy, and will reduce oxidation in your body.

Improve Brain Health – A study conducted in 2003 discovered that drinking whiskey reduces your risk of Alzheimer’s and dementia. If you’re worried that your brain is slowing down in your old age, it’s time to start drinking whiskey to protect your very important organ from damage.

Reduce Stroke Risk — Whiskey not only helps to prevent cholesterol from building up in your arteries, but it can actually help to get rid of any cholesterol present in your blood vessels at the moment. It will also help to relax the walls of your arteries, ensuring that your blood can flow without obstruction. One of the greatest health benefits of whiskey is the reduced stroke risk, and we can all drink to that!

Fight Stress – Stress can cause a wide range of health problems in the human body, but thankfully we’ve got whiskey to kick stress’ butt! Whiskey helps to reduce anxiety and stress, calming your nerves and helping to relax your body. It can increase circulation throughout your body, providing your organs with fresh, oxygenated blood. A serving or two of whiskey can help to calm stressed nerves effectively!

Boost Memory — The antioxidants in whiskey can help to improve the health of your brain, and the circulation-boosting effects of this alcohol will boost your memory at the same time. The same properties that help to reduce your risk of Alzheimer’s and dementia will also keep your brain active and young.

Aid in Digestion — Did you know that whiskey has long been drunk as a digestive aid? It was usually consumed after a meal, helping to relax the body after eating heavy food. It can also help to shut down your appetite, preventing you from overeating. Best of all, it will aid in digestion, reducing your risk of stomach ache or indigestion after a heavy meal.

Lengthen Lifespan — Whiskey is loaded with healthy antioxidants, and these nutrients can help to increase your lifespan by reducing your risk of disease. By protecting your body against disease, you prevent the slow breakdown of important cells in your body–thereby helping you to live longer.

Great for Diabetics — Whiskey is a zero-carb alcohol, so you can drink it without worrying about the effect it will have on your blood sugar levels. If you suffer from diabetes, a finger or two of whiskey will be the right choice for you!

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Posted on January 22, 2015 at 12:04 am by rebrapp · Permalink · Leave a comment
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