Whether you’re a seasoned chef or you’re cooking your very first holiday meal, make sure food safety is on the top of your to do list. Lorain County General Health District's Acting Health Commissioner, David Covell, MPH, RS, reminds “With all of the holiday hustle, people often forget the effects of not preparing food safely. Getting sick from food is not a joyous experience at this time of year, so remember to practice food safety.”
Holiday Must Do’s in the Kitchen
Clean... hands with soap and warm water before handling food. Clean surfaces befoHolre preparing food on them.
Separate- Do not use utensils on cooked foods that were previously used on raw foods and do not place cooked foods on plates where raw foods once were unless it has been cleaned thoroughly. Keep cooked foods separate.
Cook... Cook foods, especially meat, to a safe temperature. Use a meat thermometer to make sure foods are cooked to a safe temperature. Remember, color does not mean it’s done or safe to eat.
Chill... Keep hot foods hot and cold foods cold. Chill foods soon after serving and when traveling to a holiday party. Do not leave perishable foods out for more than two hours.
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