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Cooking Safety

Published: Nov 14, 2012

How to keep your family safe

It is that wonderful time of year again. The time when you wear your “fat pants” more than two days in a row, the time when leftovers seem like gold and the time when you never want to leave the house because of the wonderful smells coming from the kitchen. Yes, it is the holidays. Thanksgiving is almost here and Christmas is right behind it. With all of the cooking and baking that traditionally occurs, do you know how to keep your loved ones safe from food poisoning?

Here are some simple steps that you should know. After cooking for at least a few years, it can be easy to forget the simple prevention measures that need to be taken.

  • Wash your hands. Wash your hands before you start any cooking. Wash them after you touch raw meat or switch from prepping different foods.
  • Never use the same utensil for raw meats and another type of food. Have separate utensils for each dish/food.
  • Know the temperature that each food is safe to eat at. Use a thermometer to check.
    • Steaks & Roasts – 145 °F
    • Fish – 145 °F
    • Pork – 160 °F
    • Ground Beef – 160 °F
    • Egg Dishes – 160 °F
    • Whole Poultry (Chicken/Chicken Breast) – 165 °F
  • Know which foods need to be kept cold and which ones kept hot while set out for a buffet.
  • Pay attention to expiration dates. It is easy to think everything in your fridge is fine when you are in a hurry to get dishes in the oven.
  • Stay away from unpasteurized ciders and milk.

The worst way to spend the holidays is in bed, or worse the hospital, with food poisoning. Take preventative measures before, during, and after you are done cooking. Your family and friends will thank you once they come out of their food comas.

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