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Simple Tips for Avoiding Freezer Burn

February 26, 2015 6:06 pm

Freezer burn happens when a food becomes exposed to the cold, dry air of the freezer, causing the thin layer of moisture on the food’s surface to evaporate. This makes the food toughen and dry out, and it leaves behind grey or brown patches that look pretty unappetizing. To prevent freezer burn, follow these helpful tips before freezing foods like meat or vegetables.

  1. Make sure the food is completely covered. The most important thing that you can do to prevent freezer burn is to cover your food completely. Use plastic wrap, wax paper, or aluminum foil to cover the food, and tape it shut if it seems like some air might sneak through an open side. You can even double wrap the food to be extra cautious.
  2. Don’t leave foods in their store-bought packaging. Although store packaging on things like meat or fish seal the food against the air, they aren’t meant to protect it from the freezer. Be sure to remove foods from their packaging and wrap them yourself before freezing.
  3. Rotate items. Just about anything can become freezer burnt if left in the freezer for too long, so be sure to rotate the items in your freezer to ensure that you eat the older foods first.

Food Science: What is Freezer Burn and How to Prevent It [The Kitchn]
Freezer Burn: Gross, Yet Safe and 10 Tips for Prevention [Don’t Waste the Crumbs]
How to Prevent Freezer Burn [Real Simple]

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First Admission to the Oakland Museum this Sunday

February 24, 2015 1:52 am

Take advantage of free admission to the Oakland Museum this Sunday, March 1st. The Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) exhibits focus solely on the art and history of California. The museum is over 300,000 square feet and offers a diverse collection of art, history and natural science.

The museum is open from 10AM to 6PM. For additional information please click on this link:
Free First Sunday Admission | Oakland Museum of California

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Take a Break From Shopping for Dinner at Nordstrom’s Cafe

February 18, 2015 5:02 pm

If you’ve spent a great deal of time shopping in Pleasanton, chances are, you are going to need a break. Why not relax and unwind with a bite to eat at Nordstrom’s Cafe? With ample seating and a fun, casual atmosphere, this establishment offers everything shoppers need to enjoy a meal before they head home for the day. Here, customers order their food at registers and then servers bring the dishes to the tables.

Several menu highlights from Nordstrom’s Cafe include the spicy shrimp and angel hair pasta, the albacore tuna baguette, the rustic vegetable and three-cheese pizza, and a mixed berry and chicken salad. The tomato basil soup is also highly rated, and the salmon nicoise salad is one of the most popular choices among locals.

Nordstrom’s Cafe is also kid-friendly and provides coloring menus and crayons to keep the little ones entertained while their meals are being prepared.

Nordstrom’s Cafe
1600 Stoneridge Mall Road
Pleasanton, CA 94566
(925) 463-5050

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