5 Safety Tips to Avoid Food Poisoning
June 14th, 2012 by Jaclyn
Picnics, campfires, and backyard BBQ’s are a favorite summertime tradition. Don’t let poorly handled food ruin a good time. Follow these 5 tips to keep your food safe and edible.
- Keep hot foods hot and cold foods cold- Keep raw meat covered in an ice filled cooler or refrigerator until ready to prepare.
- Wash your hands- Keep hands, plates, cutting boards, and utensils clean so that bacteria can not cross contaminate to other foods.
- Cook meat thoroughly- Use a thermometer to determine if your food is cooked to the safe minimum temperature.
- Defrost safely- Never let frozen meat thaw on a counter top. Thaw in a refrigerator, microwave, or bowl of water instead.
- When in doubt, throw it out- If you have to question the safety, age, or freshness of a food, it’s probably not worth eating.