Practice food safety this holiday season as well as throughout the year.
- Have a plan. Consider oven space, refrigerator space and your menu. Keep hot foods 141° or higher and cold foods at 41° or below.
- Remember to defrost your meat in the refrigerator, under cool running water or in the microwave.
- Keep foods separated. Keep meats, poultry, seafood and eggs separate from all other foods in the refrigerator. This will help keep juices from the meats from dripping onto other foods.
- Wash your hands before, during and after food preparation.
- Wash all produce before using.
- Do not eat raw dough or batter, unless you use pasteurized eggs for dishes containing raw eggs.
- Cook foods to proper temperatures. Remember to reheat food to 165° or higher.
- Use ice to keep cold foods cold and heated elements such as a crock pot to keep hot foods hot.
- Refrigerate leftovers within two hours of preparation.
- Remember to cool hot items properly. If soup or any food item is in a deep pan or dish, make sure to cool in shallow container with the lid off until cooled properly to a safe temperature of 41° or below.
Have a Healthy and Happy Holiday!
Staci Jones RD, LD
Adair County Health System
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