Tag Archives: food safety

peanut butter sandwich, milk, apple slices, and carrot sticks packed lunch

Safe Packed Lunches

Brushing up on food safety is important as kids go back to school. If you pack lunch for your kids, or if you pack your own lunch, you need to take steps to keep germs out. Without proper food safety, you can get very sick. And no one wants to start the school year with a foodborne illness. With just a few precautions, you can keep packed lunches safe and healthy. Continue reading

family grilling out

4 Steps to Practice Food Safety this Summer

When the weather warms up, we have more opportunities for dining outdoors. Eating outside on the patio, picnicking at the park, or packing meals for camping are all fun summer meals that are a little riskier without good food safety practices. Let’s refresh on the four steps for food safety, paying close attention to the things to remember when eating and dining away from the kitchen. Continue reading

leftovers in microwave

Go Further with Food Safety

Preventing food waste and saving money on groceries is one of the ways you can go further with food during National Nutrition Month. Food safety is an important part of keeping your food and leftovers safe and germ-free. As you work to reduce food waste in your kitchen, remember these tips to go further with food safety. Continue reading

Thanksgiving meal

Safely Cooking for Large Groups

Many holiday celebrations are centered around sharing food with family and friends. Because you only want to share love, not germs, food safety needs to be a part of the holiday meal planning process. Cooking for large groups presents a different set of food safety concerns than everyday cooking. In addition to the usual food safety 101, handwashing, safe thawing techniques and minimum internal temperature, here are some additional food safety steps to follow during holiday get-togethers. Continue reading

checking food temperature with food thermometer

Safe Temperatures for Food

Just like us, bacteria need food and water to grow and multiply. They also need a comfortable living environment, not too cold and not too hot. Bacteria that cause food borne illnesses are commonly found in foods we eat. So how do we keep this food safe to eat? By making it hard for bacteria to grow, multiply, or survive by how we handle food. Along with handwashing, keeping foods at the right temperature is an important part of proper food safety. Bacteria grow best between 40 °F and 140 °F. They can double in number in as little as 20 minutes. It only takes a few bacteria to make you very sick. To prevent bacteria from growing in your food, follow these steps when storing and cooking food. Continue reading