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June 2013 Cook Food Thoroughly, Cool It Quickly


A fireworks display might be the highlight of your family’s Fourth of July celebration, but your refrigera- tor can be its hero. That’s because burns, accidents


and large crowds aren’t the only holiday dangers you need to protect your loved ones from. In fact, estimates the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 128,000 people will wind up in the hospital this year because of food poisoning. Be aware and take care. Here are


some tips for keeping your delicious picnic dinner safe: Use a food thermometer. One in


four burgers isn’t cooked long enough to be safe to eat, says the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Instead of relying on how pink or brown your meat looks to determine if it’s safe to eat, use a food ther- mometer. Don’t have one? Neither do 67 percent of American families. Tip: Burgers are safe to eat when their internal temperature reaches 160 degrees. Clean before, during and after


food prep. Use soap and water to frequently wipe down surfaces, utensils and even your hands when you’re handling raw meat.


Triple up on dishes. Use three separate sets of plates and utensils during a cookout: one for raw meat, another for cooked meat and a third for ready-to-eat food like raw vegetables. This will prevent cross- contamination. Refrigerate. If you’re cooking


food in advance of the party, stick the cooked food in the fridge until you’re ready to serve it. Reheating takes much less time than waiting in the emergency room for your turn to see a doctor. Buy a big cooler. If you’re toting cooked food to a picnic away from home, bring a cooler that’s big enough for lots of ice and lots of food. Place leftovers in the cooler within an hour after serving if the outdoor temperature is hotter than 90 degrees, or within two hours at room temperature.


Holiday Closing SWRE’s offices will be closed


for Independence Day on Thurs- day, July 4. As always, calls to report outages or electrical emergen- cies will be answered over the holiday and may be placed to 1-800-256-7973.


Emergency Service


Payment Sites


Payments can be made at SWRE


700 North Broadway • Tipton, OK 73570


Online payments can be made at www.swre.com


Payments may also be made at the following area banking institutions:


Oklahoma


Altus – First National Bank, National Bank of Commerce


Blair – Peoples State Bank Frederick – BancFirst, First National Bank


Snyder – Bank of the Wichitas Tipton – First National Bank


Texas


Chillicothe - First National Bank Crowell – State Bank Electra – Waggoner National Bank Vernon – Herring Bank, Waggoner Bank, Bank of the West


Four-Bean Baked Beans


1 (15-oz) can kidney beans, drained 1 (15-oz) can butter beans, drained 1 (15-oz) can lima beans, drained 1 (16-oz) can pork & beans, drained 1/2 lb. bacon, cut into small pieces 1 large onion, chopped


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees


2. Place the four kinds of beans in a 2-quart casserole dish. 3. Heat a saucepan over medium heat; cook and stir bacon, onion, and garlic until bacon is browned (about 10 minutes). Pour off excess fat. 4. Whisk brown sugar, ketchup, vinegar, molasses, and mustard into bacon mixture; simmer until cooked through, about 20 minutes. Pour sauce over beans in the casserole dish.


5. Bake in a preheated oven until bubbling, 1 hour 15 minutes


2 cloves garlic, chopped 3/4 cup brown sugar 1/2 cup ketchup 1/2 cup vinegar 1/4 cup molasses 1 tsp. dry mustard


Joe Wynn, SWRE News editor Board of T


Dan White, Pres................. District 7


Don Ellis, Vice Pres. ...........District 1 Don Proctor, Sec................District 3 Fred J. Stowe ......................District 2 Ray Walker .........................District 4 Dan Elsener ........................District 5 Ronnie Swan ......................District 6 Carl


P.O. Box 310 700 North Broadway


Tipton, OK 73570-0310 1-800-256-7973


is published monthly for distribution to members of Southwest Rural Electric Association.


Jimmy Holland...................District 9 Brockriede ..................District 8


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