Thursday, August 1, 2013

Quirky cooking tip I want to share

My strange cooking tip for the day.  :-)  A lot of us go to great lengths in the kitchen to carefully handle raw meat.  We are careful to avoid cross contamination.  We are diligent to wash up after handling the raw meat.  We clean the sink and counter with vengeance.  However, many of us do something pretty unsanitary without thinking about it. 

When cooking you break up raw meat with some sort of utensil.  You start off using that same utensil with the raw meat obviously, but how do you finish?

Your  utensil got the raw meat(and potential bacteria) all over it.  The meat may cook up to the proper doneness, but  the utensil touching it did not.  Often we might even serve the finished product with that bacteria covered utensil?   Not so yummy when you think about it.   I didn't used to think about it either.  Then one day a few years ago the light bulb clicked on.

That utensil usually isn't subjected to the same heat level that the meat in the pan is.  Thus, it is going to have bacteria on it still, especially on it's upper layers that didn't get down in the hot pan well.   Too much potential for food bourne sickness in my mind.

Here is what I do for those interested.  I either make sure the entire surface of the utensil gets fully hot enough that I can rest easy.  However, more often, I just grab a fresh one to finish things off.  If I don't have another, I make it point to wash in hot soapy water quickly as I have a second.

When it comes to meat, I am a "well done" girl for the most part.  I know, some of ya'll think that is nuts and ruins the meat.  Not me!  LOL   I can't hack the thought of uncooked meat or it being remotely underdone and potentially risky.  Thus, even my utensil I am careful about as stated above.

It may sound like it, but I am actually not a germophobe.  I believe some germs are important for building immunity generally.  I have lines I won't cross though.  Raw meat is one of those lines.

Just me sharing my weird ways and quirks of the kitchen.  I'd love to hear yours in the comments.  Perhaps you all have tips I can glean from too now that you probably laughed at mine.

Are you edifying your husband?

Many of my readers know I have a different stance of submission and/or obedience to one's husband than most of the western world.  I believe strongly in upholding the Biblical headship.  I didn't always have such a stance, but back in 2001 God opened my eyes on this matter.  In I Corinthians 11:1-16 it says the headship order is God, Christ, Husband, Wife. 

Various other scriptures speak in strong terms that a wife should be obey/reverence/respect/submit to her husband.  Many ladies who have come to wearing a headcovering or have at least studied on the issue, realize they are supposed to let their husband lead.

“For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body” (Ephesians 5:23). 
“Likewise, ye wives, be in subjection to your own husbands…” (1st Peter 3:1). 
“To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed” (Titus 2:5). 
“I will therefore that the younger women marry, bear children, guide the house, give none occasion to the adversary to speak reproachfully. For some are already turned aside after Satan” (1st Timothy 5:14,15). 
“Even as Sara obeyed Abraham, calling him lord: whose daughters ye are, as long as ye do well, and are not afraid with any amazement” (1st Peter 3:6). 
“Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing” (Ephesians 5:24). 

However, what I would like to talk about isn't really outright disobedience.  It is more like purposefully or willfully irritating your beloved.  I think most have done so at one point. 
I don't mean when the two of you may be teasing one another playfully.  Playing is okay.  :-)

I mean when you decide to go and do something that you know full well your husband will not be happy with. He may not have issued a directive one way or the other.  It may simply be doing something you know in your heart it will displease him. 
It may even be something silly like decorating intentionally with a color you know he hates looking at.   Maybe putting meals in the regular rotation you know he absolutely hates?  ( I am totally guilty of this one) Perhaps you alter your personal appearance in a way you know he does not approve?  It might be you want something your way, and you just go ahead and act without really discussing a change even though it might be something that is meaningful to him.

I am not trying to say a wife can't make decisions or is incapable of such.  There are certainly things a husband may delegate to his wife's domain and authority.  If that is something fine with him...awesome.  That is not what I am talking about either.

What I mean is a most basic consideration of another human being.  Treat others how you wish to be treated.  Be kind, be loving, be selfless.  Put the one you love, before yourself.  Think of what will please his heart.  Think of what will bless him, rather than vex him.  It is not a fruit of the spirit to intentionally vex people, spouse or not.  If you wouldn't want it done to you, then don't do it to him.

I see sisters treat their husbands in ways they'd never treat a friend or a fellow church member.  This is your beloved.  Your special love.  Surely we sisters should hold a higher standard in how we treat our very mates.  Another are of concern is how you speak of your mate as well.  Do you speak to others about him positively?  Do you betray private information?  Do you lift his name rather than trash it to your friends?

Lift his name, don't ruin his reputation.  Do not lie of course, but do look to the positive things about him.  Speak kindly of him that his name may garner respect.  Talebearing is sinful no matter who it is about.  Are you doing this about your husband?  God forbid.  Again...treat him how you yourself wish to be treated.

These things include when he treats you with less kindness than he should.  We should always strive to treat others kindly, showing ample love and forgiveness.  This is our witness to all!  The scripture says a wife can win her husband to salvation when she follows a Godly path.

When you go about the little things in life, think of him.  When you speak to others of him, chose your words carefully.  Ask what I am about to do or say pleasing to God first and foremost?  If it passes that vital test, then ask....  Is it pleasing to my husband?  Will it bless and edify him?  Will it vex and potentially hurt him?  Will it discredit his feelings in favor of your own?

Ponder these things prayerfully my dear sisters in Christ.  May we all resolve to have fruits of the spirit in dealing with all relationships and people.

"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. " (Galatians 5:22-23)