Here are some special tips for keeping your holiday meals safe.
- Keeping your hands clean during food preparation will go a long way in helping keep your food safe.
- Here are the five rules for hand washing:
- Wet your hands with running water, then apply soap.
- Rub hands together to make a lather. Be sure to wash the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your fingernails.
- Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds.
- Rinse your hands with running water.
- Dry your hands with a clean towel.
- Clean and sanitize all food preparation surfaces and all utensils.
- Clean surfaces with soap and hot water and then sanitize with commercial sanitizer or sanitizing wipes.
- Campylobacter and salmonella bacteria found in poultry can survive on countertops and other surfaces for up to 32 hours.
- Repeat the above steps after handling raw turkey.
- Keep meat and poultry separate from produce and other foods.
- Prepare vegetables and salad ingredients BEFORE preparing raw meat or poultry.
- Do not wash or rinse raw turkey to prevent cross-contamination with other foods.
- Instead, pat the turkey with a damp paper towel and immediately wash your hands.
- The only way to kill bacteria is by cooking meat and poultry to a safe internal temperature of 165 degrees.
Do not leave food out!
- According to the USDA – Food left out at room temperature for over two hours is deemed unsafe.
- Serve small portions and leave the rest in a warm oven or refrigerator.
We hope these tips will help you and keep your family safe during the holiday season.
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