Food Safety

How to Use a Food Thermometer

Food thermometers are one of the most important tools for cooking food safely. Food thermometers are the only way to know if food is cooked to a hot enough temperature to kill bacteria that can make your family sick. Food thermometers can also help make sure you don’t overcook your meat, keeping it juicy and… Read more »

Eat Smart During Emergencies

With Hurricane Florence making landfall today, it’s a good time to think about how to plan for emergencies and power outages. Food safety is a big concern for flooding and loss of power. But the simple act of preparing meals becomes more difficult as well. Here are some things to keep in mind this weekend,… Read more »

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… Read more »

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… Read more »

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… Read more »

Separate Germs from Your Food

Germs are tiny and easy to spread. Germs are found everywhere, including in our food. Raw meat, poultry, seafood, and eggs are the main sources of germs that cause foodborne illnesses, but fruits and veggies can also carry germs. The four basic steps of food safety – Clean, Separate, Cook, Chill – help to reduce… Read more »

Hand Washing Keeps Your Family Healthy

Hand washing is the first step of good food safety and personal hygiene. Because we interact with the world using our hands, they pick up a lot of germs along the way. You can spread these germs to other surfaces (like a door handle or your phone) and to other people (shaking hands, picking up… Read more »

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… Read more »

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… Read more »

A Clean Kitchen is a Safe Kitchen

Have you gotten the spring cleaning urge yet? Since the weather hasn’t quite warmed up for outdoor activities, now is a great time to clean your kitchen. Cleaning is the first step for preventing illnesses and keeping germs out of your food. And a clean and organized kitchen is more inviting for cooking at home,… Read more »