Food Safety for the Holidays

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 upon us, food preparation is at the forefront of the family traditions. Buffets 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 cause food-borne illness.

The best way to ward off these uninvited guests is to practice some simple basic rules of food safety. When you bring your turkey home from the grocery store or butcher, you want to store it at the bottom of your refrigerator, otherwise raw poultry juice and contaminate cross-contaminate into other foods. Hand washing is one of the most important things you can do to spreading germs. When do you wash your hands? Before you start cooking, after touching pets, and after you have touched any raw meat, seafood, or poultry. Keep your counters clean with a bleach-water solution of one capful of bleach per gallon of water. You can make sure you cook all your meats thoroughly by using a bimetallic stem instant-read thermometer. For turkey, take the temperature in a c