Holiday dinners with the family create some of the fondest memories. So consider the best possible food preparation techniques to avoid anyone getting sick. Follow these simple steps to correctly prepare your holiday meal.
- Cook Cook your food at the correct temperature. Many people think they can tell when food is “done” by checking its color and texture, there’s no way to be sure it’s safe without using a food thermometer.
- Clean Wash hands and surfaces often while preparing your holiday meal. Illness-causing bacteria can survive in many places around your kitchen, including your hands, utensils, cutting boards, and countertops.
- Chill Refrigerate all your food properly. Illness-causing bacteria can grow in many foods within two hours unless you refrigerate them. (During the summer heat, cut that time down to one hour.)
- Separate Don’t cross contaminate your food. Raw meat, poultry, seafood, and eggs can spread illness-causing bacteria to ready-to-eat foods—unless you keep them separate.