Safe Food Handling

Elizabeth Delaney

In the Kitchen, Preperation, Thawing

  • Clean- wash hands and surfaces often
  • Separate- do not cross contaminate food
  • Cook- cook food at the right temperature
  • Chill- refrigerate food promptly
  • Always wash hands with warm water and soap before handling food
  • Don't cross-contaminate. Keep raw meat, poultry, fish, and their juices away from other food
  • After cutting raw meats, wash cutting board, utensils, and counter tops with hot, soapy water
  • Cutting boards, utensils, and counter tops can be sanitized by using a solution of 1 tablespoon of unscented, liquid chlorine bleach in 1 gallon of water
  • Marinate meat and poultry in a covered dish in the refrigerator
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  • Cold Water: For faster thawing, place food in a leak-proof plastic bag, place in cold tap water, change the water every 30 minutes, cook right after thawing
  • Microwave: Cook meat and poultry right after microwave thawing
  • Refrigerator: The refrigerator allows slow, safe thawing
  • Make sure thawing meat and poultry juices do not drip onto other food

At the Store, Storage, Cooking

  • Get the cold items after getting the items that do not need to be kept cold
  • never choose meat or poultry that has a torn or leaking bag
  • do not buy food that is past their expiration date
  • Cook all raw ground beef, pork, lamb and veal to a temperature of 160 degrees
  • Cook poultry to 165 degrees

Always try to eat healthy

Serving, Leftovers and Refreezing

  • Hot food should be held at 140 degrees or warmer
  • Cold food should be held at 40 degrees or colder
  • When serving food at a buffet, keep food hot warm dishes
  • Keep food cold in cold dishes
  • Perishable food should not be left out more than 2 hours at room temperature
  • put food in shallow containers and instantly put it in the refrigerator or freezer
  • use cooked leftovers within 4 days
  • reheat leftovers to 165 degrees
  • Meat and poultry defrosted in the refrigerator may be refrozen after cooking
  • if thawed by other methods cook before freezing

Keep clean and stay healthy