Thursday, February 13, 2014

February 2014 Consumer Reports: Do you like chicken?

Do you like chicken?  If you do, you might want to check out the cover story from the February 2014 issue of Consumer ReportsA recent analysis of more than 300 raw chicken breasts purchased in U.S. stores found potentially harmful bacteria present in most of them.  A chart notes the contamination levels found in some of the major brands.  Also included is information on the use of antibiotics in chickens. Just in time for Valentine's Day--ratings on several special brands of chocolates, such as Woodhouse and Christopher Elbow.

After eating all that chocolate, you might feel the need to exercise!  If you do, check out the ratings for treadmills, ellipticals, rowing machines, and spin bikes.

Do you often wonder if you should repair or replace items such as appliances, electronics, or lawn equipment? This month's issue may help you decide--based on the age of the product, cost, and the repair problem.  

Do you like to cook? Check out the feature article on how to save time in the kitchen. This includes ratings for both single and double ovens.

Other useful articles in this issue include:
  • Ratings for pre-made guacamole. The editors have also included a recipe if you want to make your own!
  • Ratings for snow blowers
  • Information on affordable smart-phone mounts for your vehicle
Each branch of the Fauquier County Library has the print issues of Consumer Reports from 2009 up to the current issue. The Find It Virginia databases have an index to the issues from February 1, 1976 to the current issue, and the full-text of the reviews from January 1, 1999 to June 1, 2009. You can access Find It Virginia from any library computer, or from home with your valid Fauquier County Public Library card.

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