A few simple tips can help ensure everything you prepare stays fresh and healthy.
- Thoroughly wash your hands with soap and water before and after handling foods.
- Wash all fruits and veggies.
- Wear disposable gloves when handling raw meat, poultry, or fish. Keep their juices away from other foods.
- Cook poultry and meat until they are done. Poultry should not be pink when cut into. Use a thermometer if in doubt. Ground meats should be cooked to 160˚F minimum and poultry to 165˚F.
- Wash the tops of cans before opening.
- Thaw frozen foods in the refrigerator or microwave, not for long periods on the counter.
- Don’t leave food out too long at room temperature or bacteria will grow.
- Buy a thermometer for your refrigerator and make sure the temperature stays at or under 40˚F to keep food safe. A freezer should be set at zero degrees or below.
- Use cooked leftovers within four days.
- Have a fire extinguisher handy in case of flare-ups and be sure you are familiar with how to use it.
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