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I have always heard vegetables have more vitamins & nutrients when consumed raw. Are there any vegetables that should never be eaten raw?

Eating raw vegetables isn't always the healthiest option. It is best to eat both raw and cooked vegetables to get the most nutrients from them. Some vegetables become more nutritious when cooked, like tomatoes. The body is better able to absorb lycopene from tomatoes when they have been cooked. Some studies show that the availability of antioxidants increases when carrots, spinach, mushrooms, asparagus, cabbage, and peppers are boiled or steamed. However, cooking some vegetables might decrease the amount of vitamin C in it.

How long can you leave coleslaw at room temperature? I am concerned about the mayonnaise spoiling.

The best rule of thumb is: when in doubt, throw it out!

The longer we allow potentially hazardous foods (like coleslaw) to remain in the 'danger zone' (40 to 140 degree Farenheit), the higher the risk of that food causing illness. If these types of foods remain in the danger zone for more than 2 hours, throw it out.

In the case of foods left out for serving during a meal or party:

1. Try to keep cold foods cold (40 degrees or colder) and hot foods hot (145 degrees) for as long as possible.

Hello! Could you expand on the benefits of consuming cooked vegetables versus raw vegetables? Are some vegetables better for you if you cook them before you eat them? Why or why not?

We are learning more every day about the benfits of different vegetables when they are cooked versus raw.

With most vegetables, cooking them can make it easier for our bodies to digest and absorb the nutrients they offer us. It can also make them more enjoyable to eat.

Sometimes, cooking a vegetable, like spinach, can reduce the amount of vitamin C it contains. But since cooking also shrinks the spinach in size, a cup of cooked spinach will have much more nutrients overall than a cup of raw spinach.

How do I defrost a potato with the white stuff on top? How hot should the oven be and how long should I cook it?

Freezing uncooked potatoes is not recommended because they contain too much water. The freezing and defrost process will cause their texture and flavor to become unappetizing. Instead, plan on eating your potatoes within a week or two after bringing them home. Store them in a dry, cool place that is well ventilated.

In addition to potatoes, avoid freezing raw celery, cucumbers, lettuce, peppers, radishes, sprouts, and salad greens.

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