Ask the Chef: Food Safety for the holidays and all year around

So here is my annual public service announcement for keeping food safe while prepping, cooking and serving.

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 76 million people a year get sick from unsafe foods. So how can you keep your family safe in the kitchen? Some foods are riskier than others; most pathogens are found in uncooked fresh fruits and vegetables and animal products. How these products are cooked, served, and stored has a lot to do with their safety.

With the holidays coming up in the next few months, food preparation is in the forefront of the family traditions. Buffets are a great way for family and friends to get together and celebrate, but this way of serving food can be dangerous, and you run the risk of having some “uninvited” guests--bacteria that can cause food borne illness. The best way to ward off these uninvited guests is to practice some simple basic rules of food safety.