When cooking up your favorite holiday dishes, remember to keep food safety in mind. Make sure to take into consideration that little ones and older individuals are often more prone to food borne illnesses. To keep your holiday guests from getting sick, remember these easy tips:
- Use proper hand washing procedures before beginning any cooking.
- Make sure to keep raw meats separate from other ingredients.
- Always use a food thermometer to make sure that food is fully cooked. The proper temperature is 165 degrees for popular holiday dishes like casseroles and turkey.
- Leftovers should be refrigerated within 2 hours of cooking.
For a brief overview of holiday safety in the kitchen, listen to this broadcast from the Center for Disease Control: http://www2c.cdc.gov/podcasts/player.asp?f=10269
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