Spring cleaning doesn’t stop at the typical household chores. Food safety is a very important part of keeping your family healthy and happy! There are four basic steps to keeping food safe for you and your family all year long.
Cook: Cook All Foods To A Safe Temperature
Cooking foods to a safe temperature kills harmful germs and bacteria that can make you and your family sick.
- Invest in a food thermometer! Using a food thermometer is the best way to test the internal temperature of foods and know they are safe to eat. To use a food thermometer simply place the thermometer in the thickest part of the food once you believe it is done. Avoid touching the bones, fat, or gristle of the foods as their temperature may differ due to the foods density.
- What temperatures are safe?”
- Fresh beef, pork, veal, and lamb should be cooked to 145°F and then let rest where as ground beef, pork, veal, and lamb should be cooked to 160°F and does not need to rest.
- All Poultry (breasts, whole bird, legs, thighs, wings, ground poultry, giblets, and stuffing) as well as ground turkey and chicken should always be cooked to 165°F.
- Seafood should be cooked to 145°F. At this temperature fish should flake with a fork.
- Eggs should be cooked to 160°F.
- All leftovers should be heated to 165°F to assure they are safe and ready to enjoy.
Keeping hot foods hot and cold foods cold is also important!
- Hot foods should be kept at 140°F or above
- Cold foods should be kept at 40°F or below
Remember to keep you foods out of the danger zone (40°F-140°F). If food is left in the danger zone is must be discarded after 2 hours as it is no longer safe to eat. This is especially important as the weather warms up and people gather together over food. Keep all friends and family members safe by properly cooking foods and keeping them at a safe temperature.
For Additional Information Visit Foodsafety.gov