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Mango pineapple popsicles

These mango pineapple popsicles are the healthy answer to “What’s for dessert?” The cool and refreshing tropical taste is the perfect way to enjoy a sweet summer treat without all the extra sugar that comes along with most other goodies that are this delicious. I’m in love with my popsicle mold. Not only is it great for making healthy treats, but you can freeze leftover juices and smoothies when you accidentally make too much — which for me is all. the. time! Most of all, I love that you can puree fruit and veggies that are about to go bad and extend their shelf life by turning them into delicious frozen treats. This recipe was a product of me going overboard buying mangos. I was so excited they were less than a dollar a piece, but I definitely bought to many. It became the perfect opportunity for fresh mango popsicles.…

This is why you should never defrost food on the kitchen counter or microwave

We’ve all been there — the intention to cook a nice chicken breast for dinner only to realize we’ve forgotten to defrost. Rather than looking for an alternative, we attempt to speed up the process by tossing the meat in the microwave instead. So what’s the big deal? Well, defrosting at those warm temperatures puts you at serious risk of eating dangerous levels of bacteria. Yikes! According to Professor Costa Stathopoulos from Abertay University, defrosting meat in the microwave “is really not the best of techniques.” Stathopoulos appeared on BBC Two’s Inside the Factory earlier this month and showed the difference between turkey meat that had been defrosted in the fridge versus turkey meat defrosted on the counter. The latter had twice the amount of harmful bacteria, including ecoli microorganisms. And that’s not even considering the warm temps the meat reaches in the microwave. Cold temperatures slow down bacterial growth, so your chance of an upset stomach…

Can you still eat freezer burned foods?

The freezer can be a lifesaver when it comes to food prep. Whether it’s that container of frozen mashed potatoes, a homemade pie or that slow cooker starter, frozen foods can be a lifesaver, but there’s always the risk of dreaded freezer burn. So what exactly is this icy crust composed of, and is the food still safe to eat? Freezer burn occurs when foods dry out in cold temperatures. Those icy crystals are a result of moisture escaping your pint of ice cream or bag of chicken breasts and turning to ice on the outside of the food. This means either the food wasn’t stored properly, or it has been frozen for too long — everything dries out eventually. But fear not, a little freezer burn never hurt anyone. It’s entirely safe to eat foods that have a little burn, though they might not be as tasty. Texture of freezer burnt foods…

Claim your Free Slurpee at 7-Eleven

July 11 will mark 7-Eleven’s 90th birthday — and the convenience store chain is ready to celebrate. Participating 7-Eleven stores will give away free small Slurpees, fittingly from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. today. To further celebrate, as part of Slurpee Week, customers who purchase seven Slurpees between July 7 and July 18 and scan the 7-Eleven mobile app will receive 11 free Slurpees. Participants must join 7-Eleven’s customer loyalty program, 7Rewards to be eligible for the offer. The 7‑Eleven mobile app is available on the App Store and Google Play. Free Slurpee Day has been offered annually on July 11 since 2002. The frozen, carbonated beverage that 7-Eleven dubbed the Slurpee was invented in 1959 by Omar Knedlik, a Kansas City Dairy Queen owner. When his soda fountain machine broke down, he improvised by putting his sodas in a cooler to stay chilled. These frozen, slushy drinks got the attention of customers…

20 margarita recipes to make right now

A classic cocktail that needs no introduction. Try these twists on the basic lime blend — because one is only better than the next. Pink Lemonade Margarita  BLOOD ORANGE MARGARITAS FOR A CROWD pineapple coconut margarita WATERMELON & BASIL MARGARITA Blackberry Lemonade Margaritas Sunset Margarita (Mango Pineapple Margarita) Champagne Lemonade Margaritas Fresh Peach Margaritas SPICY PINEAPPLE MARGARITAS Margarita Moscow Mules Best Blue Margarita Spicy Grapefruit Jalapeño Margarita JACK’S ULTIMATE FROZEN MARGARITAS Skinny Sparkling Cherry Margarita POMEGRANATE MARGARITA RECIPE SILVER CADILLAC MARGARITA LAVENDER MARGARITA Raspberry Mango Margaritas Prickly Pear Margarita rosemary ginger margaritas