Question: My husband likes to prepare pickled eggs. In the past, he always sterilized the storage jars in boiling water, but recently he began using the microwave oven. I question whether the microwave kills every germ/microbe on both the inside and outside of the jars. We know that when working with eggs everything must be kept scrupulously clean, so I just want to be certain.
Answer: Diana Williams Hansen, a microwave columnist, tells us that manufacturers do not recommend sterilizing jars in the microwave oven. To be certain jars are sterilized by microwave, they need to be processed one at a time, and most experts consider it much easier and more efficient to use the boiling water bath method.
Q: I'm having difficulty locating an item called Slimset, which diabetics can use for thickening jellies. Can you help?
A: Slimset is made by MCP Foods Inc. in Anaheim. Company representatives say Vons Grocery Co., Ralphs Grocery Co. and Safeway Stores Inc. in Southern California carry the product. If you don't find Slimset in the canning supply section of these stores, ask the manager to order it for you.
Q: I am curious to know why when I roast chicken and turkey the meat around the thigh bone remains pink. Is frozen poultry more likely to have this pink color? Please clear this up for me.