Holiday Food Safety
Many of us will be hosting parties this season—an important time to keep food safety on your mind:
- Keep hot foods hot and cold foods cold.
- Perishable foods should not be left out for more than two hours and even so, cold perishables should be kept in serving dishes over ice.
- When foods have reached their time limit, refrigerate them or toss them out.
- Hot sides and grilled meats should be kept at a temperature of 140°F or warmer until they're served.
And when preparing foods, remember these four steps:
- Clean: Wash hands and utensils to avoid spreading bacteria when preparing food.
- Separate: Use different cutting boards for meat, poultry, seafood, and veggies.
- Cook: You can’t tell it’s done by how it looks! Use a food thermometer to ensure meats reach the proper temperature—160°F for ground beef, for example.
- Chill: Keep the fridge at 40°F or below to keep bacteria from growing.