Have Happy and Safe Holiday Feasts with these Food Safety Tips
Wash your hands – Wash hands thoroughly before preparing foods, after handling raw meat, before eating and of course after using the restroom.
Clean your surfaces – Wash food-contact surfaces often including cutting boards and counter tops. Sanitize utensils by soaking in clean water at 170 degrees Fahrenheit or using your dishwasher’s setting.
Take your temperature – Be sure to always use a food thermometer to check internal temperature. Turkey should be cooked at 325 and reach at least 165 degrees Fahrenheit. Hot foods should be kept at 140 degrees or warmer.
Keep your cool – Cold foods should be kept at 41 degrees Fahrenheit or less. Any turkey not served with the meal or leftover following the meal should be immediately sliced and refrigerated.
Watch your clock – Foods sitting out for too long can potentially cause foodborne illness which affects an average of 76 million people each year. Discard any perishable food that has been out at room temperature for two hours.
For more information about food safety, visit www.foodsafety.gov.