When preparing your meals this holiday season, remember these food safety rules. The CDC estimates that each year roughly one in six Americans get sick from foodborne illness. With a little preparation, you can lower your chance of becoming ill from something you eat.
Rule 1: Clean.
Wash your hands before handling foods, after handling raw meats, fish or eggs, after using the restroom, after greeting guests and throughout food preparation as needed. Make sure the food contact surfaces you are using are clean. Finally, do not rinse raw meat.
Rule 2: Separate.
Whether it is the day of the meal or during preparation, keep raw foods separate from ready-to-eat foods.
Rule 3: Cook.
Temperature is everything. Be sure the turkey is cooked to a minimum internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit.
Rule 4: Chill.
Refrigerate leftovers and keep cold foods cold. Foods should be refrigerated within two hours after serving. Remember, when in doubt, throw it out.