Proper Cooking

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Why Does It Matter?

Did you know that the bacteria that cause food poisoning multiply quickest in the “Danger Zone” between 40˚ and 140˚ Fahrenheit? Don't just look at the color and texture.

Tips To Follow When Cooking Food

Use A Thermometer: You should use a thermometer to make sure your food is cooked properly because you can't just look at your food and determine if it is ready or not. (When using a thermometer after each use clean it by using hot, soapy water)


Keep Food Hot After Cooking: The possibility of bacterial growth actually increases as food cools after cooking because the drop in temperature allows bacteria to thrive. But you can keep your food at a higher temperature in a food warmer like a crock pot.


Microwave Food Thoroughly: In the microwave you need to make sure that your microwave is hot enough. If you are cooking with directions make sure you follow through, like when it says to let the food sit after heating. This lets you kill more bacteria and your food can finish cooking. After you are done cooking use a thermometer to make sure your food is hot enough.