Food Safety

How To Keep Your Cooler Cool

Cooler On summer outings—a picnic, beach excursion, boat trip, or camping weekend—food is always part of the fun.  Don’t let it spoil the fun by improper care of the perishable food you bring along.  Mistakes could lead to food-borne illness. Bacteria grow rapidly at temperatures between 40°F -140°F, so you need to keep perishable food at 40°F.  Perishables can be above 140°F for a maximum of 2 hours, and reduce that to 1 hour if the outdoor temperature climbs to 90°F or higher.

Serving Guests Safely

Christmas dinnerYou didn’t invite invisible guests to your party, so don’t let them sneak in. Lock out those ugly pathogens that cause food-borne illness by following simple recommendations from food safety experts.

Hosts and hostesses usually prepare more than enough food, and guests rarely consume everything in sight, so, inevitably, after the event, party-givers often wind up with a packed refrigerator. Thankfully, food safety experts have also developed guidelines for safe handling of leftovers. 

“Myth-information” about Food Safety: You’d Better Not Believe It

Food PyramidOne dictionary definition of a myth is a widely held belief that has not been proved.  However, as used today, the word usually refers to an idea that’s widespread but wrong. When the myth is about safe ways to handle food, it can also be unsafe.  The following myths were excerpted from an article created by Alaska’s Food Safety and Sanitation Program. The explanations debunking these myths can eradicate misconceptions you may have and help you operate your kitchen based upon scientific facts rather than fiction.

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