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Halloween Party Snack Recipes

Halloween parties are underway, and one of your chances to get really creative with your food. From pumpkin cake pops to spooky witch finger cookies, these Halloween recipes will certainly provide more “treats” and less tricks to your festive party:

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The Great White Pumpkin Cheese Ball

Give a subtle nod to the Halloween classic, “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” and serve this spicy cheese dip that your guests will be sure to love.

You’ll need:

2 (10-oz.) blocks extra-sharp white Cheddar cheese, shredded

1 8-oz.) package cream cheese, softened

2 (4-oz.) goat cheese logs, softened

1/2 teaspoon pepper

Braided pretzel, muscadine vine and leaf

Crackers and assorted vegetables

For the full recipe, click here.

Eyeball Dessert Bites

While these may seem creepy, these delicious red velvet cake pop bites will add equal part of spookiness and deliciousness to your affair.

You’ll need:

1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for the pan

3/4 cup granulated sugar

1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 (large) egg

1/4 cup vegetable oil

1/2 teaspoon cider vinegar

1/4 cup buttermilk

1/4 cup sour cream

1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1 tablespoon liquid red food coloring

4 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened

1 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar

2 teaspoons milk

3/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

9 ounces white chocolate

Assorted liquid food coloring or M and M’s for decorating

For the full recipe, click here.

Goblin Dip With Bone Crackers

Everybody loves a simple appetizer to nosh on throughout the party, and this Tex-Mex bean dip and bone cracker combination won’t disappoint.

You’ll need:

1 (16-ounce) can chili without beans

1 (16-ounce) can refried beans

1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese

1 (8-ounce) jar chunky pico de gallo

1 (4.5-ounce) can chopped green chiles, undrained

1/2 teaspoon ground cumin

Toppings: shredded Cheddar or Monterey Jack cheese with peppers, chopped black olives, sliced green onions

For the full recipe, click here.

Brew Ha-Ha Punch

No Halloween party is complete without a witches cauldron of your favorite bubbling beverage.

You’ll need:

2 cups sugar

2 quarts water

2 (0.13-ounce) envelopes lime drink mix

1 (46-ounce) can pineapple juice

1 quart ginger ale

For the full recipe, click here.

You can’t enjoy these tasty Halloween treats if your refrigerator isn’t in working order. If your fridge isn’t working properly, call the experts at Speedy Sub Zero! We’ve been repairing refrigerators and freezers in the tri-state area for over 75 years! No matter the make or model, our licensed technicians have the experience to get the job done, call us anytime to schedule a same-day appointment at 866-782-9376.

7 Food Safety Tips for Handling Raw Meat

Foodborne illnesses get millions of Americans sick every year, and one of the biggest offenders is raw beef and poultry. Stay safe by keeping these tips in mind the next time you are handling uncooked meat.

Tip #1: Wash your hands before and after.

When you are preparing a dish, always wash your hands before and after touching raw meat. Use soap and warm water, and make sure to wash for at least 20 seconds.

Tip #2: Store raw meat on the bottom shelf of your fridge.

Keeping raw meat on the bottom shelf will help it last longer, since this is the coldest area of your refrigerator. It will also prevent the meat from dripping down and contaminating the foods beneath it.

Tip #3: Use separate cutting boards for meat and produce.

Every kitchen should be equipped with two cutting boards – one for meat and one for produce. This will help prevent cross-contamination.

Tip #4: Freeze what you won’t use immediately.

All raw meats should be cooked within 2-3 days of purchasing. If you won’t eat it that quickly, freeze it to prevent spoiling.

Tip #5: Never defrost frozen meat on the counter.

Letting frozen meat sit out on the counter all day is a popular method of defrosting, but it is extremely unsafe. Try one of these three methods instead.

Tip #6: Always use a meat thermometer when you cook.

Undercooked meat is just as dangerous as raw meat. Ensure your food is fully cooked by using a meat thermometer; the middle should reach at least 160° F.

Tip #7: Make sure your refrigerator is set to the proper temperature.

A refrigerator that is too warm can cause your food to spoil prematurely. For optimal storage conditions, your fridge should always be in between 34-38° F.

If your refrigerator is too warm, call the experts at Speedy Subzero. We have more than 75 years of experience repairing refrigerators, freezers, and ice makers in the New York City area. We guarantee one-hour service to all five boroughs, as well as Nassau and Suffolk County, Long Island. Call 866-782-9376 to schedule your in-home repair today!

6 Ways to Get Your Milk to Last Longer

Have you ever tasted, or even smelled, spoiled milk? If so, you know how
truly nauseating it can be – how you wouldn’t wish it on your worst
enemy, and how you never want to experience such a thing again.
With that said, here
are six tips to help you keep your milk fresh for longer in the
future.

Buy milk at the end of
your shopping trip.

When you are at the grocery store, save the dairy aisle for last;
this will minimize the amount of time that the milk is at room
temperature and help keep it fresh for longer.

Buy milk from the back
of the refrigerator.

In this case, it’s okay to be that guy. Move the front cartons
out of the way and buy your milk from the back of the refrigerator –
not only is this milk newer, but it is colder too.

Get home from the
store as quickly as possible.

This is along the same train of thought as the first tip, do
everything in your power to get your milk back into a refrigerator
as soon as possible. This means no errands after the grocery store;
if you must, take a pit stop at home first.

Keep your milk at the
back, bottom of your refrigerator.

The back and the bottom of refrigerators tend to be the coldest
spots, so keeping your milk here will help preserve it.

Minimize how many
times you open the fridge.

Every time you open your refrigerator door, as much as 40% of the
cold air can escape. This not only causes your refrigerator to use
more energy, it also warms up your food and leads to faster spoiling.
Make a conscious effort to get everything you need from the fridge in
one trip and avoid keeping the door open for long periods of time.

Throw milk away one
week after opening.

No matter what the date printed on the milk carton says, never keep
milk in your refrigerator for longer than a week. Even in perfect
storage conditions, milk can (and will) expire well ahead of
schedule.
If you are having trouble keeping your milk fresh, it may be the
fault of your refrigerator. If it is not maintaining a cool,
consistent temperature under 40°, it could be promoting bacteria
growth. If you think your refrigerator needs to be repaired, contact
the experts at Speedy Subzero, we fix all makes and models of refrigerators, freezers, and wine coolers across
Long Island. Call us to schedule your same-day appointment at
866-782-9376.

Refrigerator FAQs

You’ve got questions, we’ve got answers. Here are some of the most
frequently-asked questions regarding refrigerators, and expert answers to all of them from the professionals at Speedy Subzero.

How cold should my
refrigerator be?

We all know that refrigerators have one purpose: to keep your food
cold. But how cold is cold enough? The experts at Speedy Subzero
recommend keeping your refrigerator between 34-38° Fahrenheit. Water
freezes at 32 degrees, and bacteria growth rates spike at 40. The
34-38° range is ideal to keep your food just cold enough and minimize
germs.

What does
“auto-defrost” mean?

If you have been appliance shopping recently, you have probably
noticed the word “auto-defrosting” appear on several labels.
There are two types of refrigerators: auto-defrosting and
manual-defrosting. As ice builds up on the inside of your freezer,
you will need to unplug your refrigerator in order to “defrost”
it in order to prevent the frost from taking up too much room and ruining your
energy efficiency. Auto-defrosting models do this for you by automatically heating
up the interior walls just enough to melt the ice, which drains down
a pipe and ends up in the drip pan where it evaporates.

Does my refrigerator
need any routine maintenance?

Yes, refrigerators can last fifteen years or more, but only if they
are properly maintained. Good practices include vacuuming the
condenser coils, lubricating the gasket, and keeping the interior
clean of spills and stains. Click here for a comprehensive maintenance checklist.

How do I properly
dispose of my old refrigerator?

Because of its harmful effects on the environment, you can’t bring a
refrigerator to your local landfill without first removing the
refrigerant. Only a licensed professional can do this, so look up
local services in your area. Many places will pick up your
refrigerator from your house and handle the entire disposal process
for a small free.

My refrigerator is
leaking, making loud noises, not staying cold etc. What is wrong with
it?

While most people think of their refrigerator as nothing more than a
giant box of ice, it is actually a complex machine which requires
many individual components to work together in order to get the job
done. If your refrigerator is malfunctioning, there is no way to be entirely
sure what is causing the issue – you will have to contact a local
repair service.
If you are looking for an appliance repair service on Long Island,
look no further than Speedy Subzero! Our licensed professionals have
more than 75 years of experience repairing refrigerators, freezers,
ice makers, and wine coolers. We guarantee one-hour service to Nassau
County, Suffolk County, and New York City, so call us today at
866-782-9376.

Prevent Food Poisoning by Keeping Your Refrigerator Safe!

Food poisoning can come from more places than an undercooked hamburger. In
fact, many cases of foodborne illnesses start in the kitchen, which
is a breeding ground for harmful bacteria.
According
to WebMD, tainted food is responsible for over 300,000
hospitalizations and 5,000 deaths per year in the United States
alone. The good news is that about 25% of these cases can be
prevented by practicing better food safety habits, especially
pertaining to your refrigerator.
Here is
what you can do to make your refrigerator – and thus your kitchen,
and your entire home – a safer place:
  • Store your raw
    meat on the bottom shelf.
    The
    bottom shelf is one of the coldest areas of the refrigerator, which
    will help preserve your raw meats for longer. Doing this also
    prevents the meat from dripping down and contaminating the food
    beneath it.
  • Clean your
    refrigerator every 2 weeks.
    Have
    you ever discovered a scientific experiment lurking in the depths of
    your refrigerator? That’s what happens when you neglect to clean it;
    make an effort to go through your fridge other week and throw
    away food which has expired.
  • Wipe up all
    spills immediately.
    Spills,
    leaks, and drippings are a leading source of cross-contamination in
    the kitchen. Keep an eye on your refrigerator shelves and clean up
    any noticeable spills and stains immediately.
  • Shop smarter.
    Food
    safety begins at the grocery store. Carefully inspect all meats,
    produce, and dairy products before you buy them, looking for signs
    of spoiling or contamination. Be sure to check the dates on all foods, even
    those in cans and jars.
  • Keep your
    refrigerator below 40° F.
    The
    optimal temperature for a refrigerator is between 34-38 degrees.
    Once the temperature reaches 40, bacteria growth rates begin to
    spike, causing your food to prematurely spoil.
Is
your refrigerator having trouble maintaining a cold, consistent
temperature? Don’t take a trip to the appliance store just yet, the
repair experts at Speedy Subzero may be able to fix it for a fraction
of the cost! We serve all of Nassau County, Suffolk County, and New
York City, and guarantee one-hour service. Our lines are always open,
so give us a call anytime at 866-782-9376.