Discussing Questions And Answers About Homemade Sauce For Dog Food

Robert asks…

Is it bad to eat sour things while pregnant?

Im 5 months pregnant and today i went to the drive in with my boyfriend to watch some movies. I ate more then half a pickle with sour skittle (together). Is that a bad thing to do? Should I stop eating sour?

Jimmy answers:

In America we eat just about anything when preg. I’m not sure where you live (sounds like it might be a cutural thing not to eat sour things).

Things not to eat when pregnant:

–Raw meat such as sushi, seafood, rare or uncooked beef, or poultry because of the risk of contamination with coliform bacteria, toxoplasmosis, and salmonella.

–Raw eggs, or foods containing raw egg such as Caesar dressing, mayonnaise, homemade ice cream or custard, unpasteurized eggnog, or Hollandaise sauce because raw eggs may be contaminated with salmonella.

–Soft cheese such as blue cheese, feta, Brie, Camambert, and Latin-American soft white cheeses such as queso blanco and queso fresco because they may harbor harmful bacteria.

–Fish containing accumulated levels of mercury in their fatty tissues such as shark, swordfish, king mackerel, tilefish.
When a pregnant woman consumes large amounts of mercury, her baby may suffer brain damage resulting in developmental delays (for example, delays in learning to walk or talk).

–Fish containing high levels of an industrial pollutant called polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in their fatty tissues such as bluefish and striped bass, and freshwater fish such as salmon, pike, trout, walleye from contaminated lakes and rivers. According to the March of Dimes, consumption of large amounts of PCBs by pregnant women is linked to decreased attention, memory, and IQ in their babies. Check with your local Health Department to determine which fish in your area are safe to eat.

Exercise Caution:

–According to the March of Dimes, deli meats have led to outbreaks of a form of food poisoning called Listeriosis, that is particularly harmful to fetuses. While the risk is low, you may want to thoroughly reheat deli meats to an internal temperature of 165 degrees (including hot dogs) or avoid them altogether.

–Minimize the amount of liver you eat. According to the March of Dimes, animal liver contains very high levels of vitamin A. While vitamin A is good for you, women who consume too much may risk a higher incidence of birth defects in their babies (however, studies are not conclusive). Since you’re probably already taking prenatal vitamins and eating other vitamin A-containing foods, it’s better to be safe and not consume liver on a regular basis. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recommended has that pregnant woman maintain their vitamin A intake around 8,000 IU and that vitamin A be taken in the form of beta-carotene, which is not considered toxic.

–According to the FDA, consumption of artificial sweeteners is safe for the general public. No studies show conclusively that it’s harmful to consume artificial sweeteners during pregnancy. However, this is a personal decision, and for your peace of mind–and just to be on the safe side–you might decide to limit your consumption of artificial sweeteners during pregnancy. Instead, substitute fruit juice with sparkling water when you need a light, refreshing drink.

–According to a 1999 U.S. Health and Human Services press release, raw sprouts have led to some incidents of salmonella outbreaks. They advise that pregnant women eat sprouts that are cooked, or avoid eating them altogether.

Paul asks…

how would i go about selling a homemade food product?

I have several bbq sauce glaze and rub recipes that i would like to start selling with the goal of later on seeling them in stores how do i start

Jimmy answers:

It is very expensive to set up your own factory to make BBQ sauce or any other food item. You will need to contact your local health authorities to see what the rules are for making it on your own premises – can’t make the stuff in the house – who knows what your cat and or dog and or wild family are doing while you are cooking!

If you have a good relationship with your local food merchants and they have tasted your sauces – maybe they could put it alongside their meat and deli department. So make up a batch of sauce – do some taste testing with butchers and other like minded groups of people and talk to the local health authorities on the rules in your area.

Jenny asks…

I need a grocery shopping list for living on a budget?

I had a major financial situation to take care of so i basically have to set aside $260.00 for food this month.I need some cheap recipes and grocery items to pick up for the month…I shop at fresh n easy ralphs in vons…

Jimmy answers:

You need to plan your meals out first, to what you like to eat. Buy meats and separate them and freeze. Buy pasta, potatoes, beans etc. If you need to make your own sauces make it homemade with canned goods such as tomato sauces and soups etc
One thing you can do for the first week is make a big pot of Chili and you can make a chili boat by adding corn chips and cheese to it and use it for chili hot dogs, you can even add pasta to make goulash too..you just gotta use your imagination
You can make a Beef Stew to last awhile too..

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