Keep Food Safety at the Top of Your Holiday List
It’s so easy to get overwhelmed with guest needs, shopping lists, and the endless details that need tending during the holidays. Preparing formal dinners or buffet meals can be tremendously stressful and overwhelming. Don’t let the details derail food safety. The HealthCorps curriculum includes safety rules in the kitchen, so teens learn to ensure that the food they prepare is fresh, healthy and safe for consumption. Here are some important rules to follow as you prepare to cook for the coming holidays.
Have separate cutting boards and utensils for raw meat, raw poultry and produce
Use a food thermometer to check the internal temperature of meats, poultry as they cook
Make sure your refrigerator temperature is set to below 40 degrees Fahrenheit, and your freezer is set to zero degrees Fahrenheit.
If you shop with reusable grocery tote bags, make sure that any raw meats and poultry placed in the bag are wrapped to prevent leakage.
Never purchase bruised fruit or cans of food that are dented, rusted or leaking
Wash hands before handling foods and again any time you switch from handling meats, poultry or fish and fresh produce.
Never taste raw cookie dough or brownie dough made with raw eggs
Keep hot foods hot and cold foods cold since food pathogens can grow when foods are left out for long periods of time
Always re-heat leftovers to a temperature of at least 165 degrees F., and never eat foods that have an expired date
If in doubt – throw it out, meaning toss any food that has remained unheated or out of refrigeration and at room temperature for a prolonged period of time
For more information check out: www.HomeFoodSafety.org
You can also download the Is My Food Safe? app for Apple and Android devices