It is always important to make sure that when you prepare meals to do so properly and safely. Here are some ideas to help you make meals safely:
* Thoroughly wash your hands with soap and water for a full 20 seconds before and after handling raw products.
* Don’t spread bacteria with dirty sponges, dishcloths, or towels. Bacteria often thrive in the moist areas of these items where bits of food may also exist. Use paper towels or freshly-cleaned sponges or cloths and soap and hot water to clean food preparation surfaces.
* For meat, poultry, and other dishes, use a food thermometer to make sure foods are cooked to a safe internal temperature.
* Never defrost or marinate food at room temperature. Use the refrigerator. You can also thaw foods in airtight packaging in cold water (change the water every 30 minutes, so the food continues to thaw). Or thaw in the microwave if you’ll be cooking the food immediately.
Quote of the Day
“A professional is one who does a good job even when he doesn’t feel like it.” – Sammy Davis, Jr.