Safe Food Preparation

Safe Food Preparation

Whether it’s gathering around the table for family dinner or meeting friends for a 4th of July barbecue, no one wants the food they eat to make them sick. Following these five tips will help keep you safe from foodborne illness.

  1. Wash your hands often - This is the most important safety step you can take when preparing food. You should do so whenever you come into contact with something that could cause contamination. A few examples would be after you take out the trash, after you change a young child’s diaper, or after you cough. 

  1. Keep hot foods hot and cold foods cold - Once food is at its intended temperature, keep it there. Maintaining a food’s intended temperature keeps it away from more moderate conditions where bacteria can grow quickly. 

  1. Separate raw food - Keep beef, turkey, chicken, seafood, and eggs separated from other foods in your fridge. This will keep these foods from spreading contamination before you get a chance to cook them to the temperature at which they become safe to eat (165°F).

  1. Safely thaw and handle meat - Make sure to safely thaw these products thoroughly before cooking. This means thawing things in the fridge, microwave, or in water in the sink. Allowing meat to thaw on the counter can lead to contamination. 

  1. When in doubt, throw it out - Be cautious. The last thing you’d want is for a meal you prepared for your loved ones to send one of them to the emergency room. If you have any concern that a meal might be unsafe to eat, err on the side of safety and don’t eat it. 


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