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Safety First


Verify ‘Green’ Claims Before


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f you’re trying to do your part for the environment by choosing “green” products that use less energy and create less pollution, chances are good that you’re a bit confused.


Too often, a manufacturer will claim that its appliances, systems, household remodeling materials, cleaning products or even food are “green” and then a report comes out to dispute the claim.


A tip: Look for proof that the “green” claims are true from a third-party certifying agency. Two examples: UL—the same agency that tests electrical devices for safety—also validates environmental claims. The federal Energy Star label on an appliance means it meets high standards for energy efficiency.


Typically, a “green” product has some of these attributes: It contains recycled material, is recyclable, made with local materials, grown without


hormones or antibiotics, is not an endangered species; saves energy; or contains no toxins that can waft into your indoor air.


Beware of words like “natural,” biodegradable,” “organic” or “green” if you don’t see a symbol on the package from a third-party verification agency.


Likewise, don’t believe grandiose claims that seem too good to be true; they usually are. If the product label doesn’t explain and prove the claims, don’t buy it. Don’t be fooled by colorful, bright green or flowered packaging that implies the product is made with natural products. Read the ingredients to learn what’s in it.


State Fair Corn Dogs


INGREDIENTS 1 quart oil for deep frying 1 cup all-purpose flour 2⁄3 cup yellow cornmeal 1⁄4 cup white sugar 1 1⁄2 teaspoons baking powder 1 teaspoon salt 2 tablespoons bacon drippings 1 egg, beaten 1 1⁄4 cups buttermilk 1⁄2 teaspoon baking soda 2 pounds hot dogs wooden sticks


DIRECTIONS Heat oil in a deep fryer to 365 degrees F (185 degrees C).


In a large bowl, stir together the flour, cornmeal, sugar, baking powder and salt. Stir in melted bacon drippings. Make a well in the center, and pour in the egg, buttermilk, and baking soda. Mix until everything is smooth and well blended.


Pat the hot dogs dry with paper towels so that the batter will stick. Insert wooden sticks into the ends. Dip the hot dogs in the batter one at a time, shaking off the excess. Deep fry a few at a time in the hot oil until they are as brown as you like them. Drain on paper towels or serve on paper plates.


Yield: Makes 20 corn dogs.


Kilowatt | SEPTEMBER 2014 | 4


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