Whether you’re bringing a dish to share at a holiday gathering, planning a cozy holiday meal at home, or entertaining a large number of family and friends this holiday season, a food borne illness isn’t a gift you want to give! Here’s a reminder to practice good food safety techniques.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is a great source for holiday food safety tips. Here are a few:
Steps to follow during holiday grocery shopping:
- Keep raw meat, poultry, and seafood away from other foods in your grocery cart.
- Buy cold foods last.
- Ask the cashier to place your raw meat, poultry and seafood in a separate bag.
Steps to follow during food preparation:
- Use separate cutting boards for raw meat and ready-to-eat items like vegetables or bread.
- Prepare uncooked recipes before recipes requiring raw meat to reduce cross-contamination. Store them out of the way while preparing meat dishes to ensure they don’t become contaminated after preparation.
- Use a meat thermometer to check the internal temperature of dishes to ensure they are fully cooked and safe to eat. Fresh beef, pork, veal, and lamb should be cooked to 145 ˚F with a three minute rest time; fish should be cooked to 145 ˚F; ground beef, veal and lamb should be cooked to 160 ˚F; egg dishes should be cooked to 160 ˚F; and all poultry should be cooked to 165 ˚F.
You can find additional holiday food safety tips by clicking here.