How to keep holiday foods safe
The holidays are coming and that means celebrations with food. The last thing you want during the holidays is to have someone get a food-related illness. Here’s how to prepare, handle and store food safely.
- Wash hands and surfaces frequently. Keep your cooking utensils clean.
- Rinse vegetables and fruits under running water.
- Avoid cross contamination: Keep raw meat, poultry and seafood separate.
- Thaw food in the refrigerator, not on the kitchen counter. Plan ahead. A large frozen turkey can take days to thaw.
- Cook foods to proper temperatures. Use a thermometer and ensure turkey is cooked to 165 degrees.
- Do not eat raw cookie dough or use unpasteurized eggs in homemade eggnog. Uncooked flour and raw eggs can make you sick.
- Refrigerate perishable food within two hours. Such foods should be discarded after sitting out for four hours or more.
- Don’t put large, hot dishes in the refrigerator. Divide up food and store in smaller containers with lids.
- Set your refrigerator so food stays at 41 degrees or below.
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