Food safety and you

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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