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Food Safety Tips for the Holidays

With the holidays just around the corner, many of us are preparing for traditional dinners and desserts that help us celebrate the season. However, when we start to plan for our holiday meals, it is also important to consider some important tips for keeping your festive foods safe for your holiday guests.

Here are some important things to consider when it comes to food preparation and safety to avoid foodborne illnesses:

·         Wash your hands.  Be sure to wash your hands with soap and water before, during and after preparing food.

·         Do not eat dough or batter.  Dough and batter made with flour or eggs can contain harmful germs such as E. coli.

·         Cook food thoroughly.  Meat, poultry, seafood, and eggs can carry germs that cause food poisoning.  Use a food thermometer to ensure these foods have been cooked to the safe minimum internal temperature.  

·         Keep meat, poultry, seafood, and egg separated from other foods in the refrigerator.  Prevent juices from meat, poultry, and seafood from dripping or leaking onto other foods.

·         Safely thaw your turkey in the refrigerator, in a sink of cold water that is changed every 30 minutes or in the microwave.  Avoid thawing foods on the counter.  

·         After food is safely cooked, hot food must be kept hot at 140° F or warmer to prevent bacterial growth. Within two hours of cooking food or after it is removed from an appliance keeping it warm, leftovers must be refrigerated. Throw away all perishable foods that have been left in room temperature for more than 2 hours.

·         When reheating leftovers, be sure they reach 165° F as measured with a food thermometer. Reheat sauces, soups and gravies by bringing them to a rolling boil. Cover leftovers to reheat. This retains moisture and ensures that food will heat all the way through.

·         Cover leftovers by placing them in airtight packaging, or sealing them in storage containers. These practices help keep bacteria out, retain moisture, and prevent leftovers from picking up odors from other food in the refrigerator.

Follow these tips to ensure a healthy holiday dinner for all of your guests!

CentraCare Health - Monticello

1013 Hart Boulevard, Suite 1
Monticello, MN 55362
Phone: 763-295-2945
Business Office: 800-835-6618
Monticello Medical Group: 763-271-2200
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