Keep Your Food Dining Safe This Summer!

USDA Food SafetyLife has gotten so busy for me that I tend to take shortcuts where I can. Food prep, however, is one place I do what I can to follow the four step process outlined by the USDA in keeping my cooking super safe: Clean, Separate, Cook, Chill.

Basically, that means washing the meat thoroughly and keeping one’s hands CLEAN before and after food prep. Keeping food prep surfaces clean is crucial too.

I keep my meat, poultry, seafood and eggs SEPARATE  in my grocery cart, in my refrigerator and on cutting surfaces.

I COOK my meats to the right temperatures.

AND, I CHILL perishable foods quickly and then watch for things that may have stayed in the refrig for too long!!

What are you cooking for the 4th of July?

Check out Martie’s Duncan’s awesome new video on food safety tips this summer:

 
For more information to further explore tools and other educational materials on food safety, head over to www.foodsafety.go
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