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Safe Food Prep

Preparing Your Food Safely

Safe food prep is key to cooking at home. As we’ve talked about before, storing your food correctly and washing it well are both important parts of safe cooking, but food prep is actually where it’s easiest to accidentally contaminate your meal.

Tip #1

Always wash your hands before and after dealing with food and after each time you touch raw meat (before you touch anything else).

Tip #2

Make sure everything is cleaned correctly and that all bruises or rotten spots have been cut off of your fruits and veggies.

Clean the lids off the top of cans before you open them. You never know how many people or things have touched that can before it touches your food!

Tip #3

The fridge is the best place for slow, safe thawing, especially if you thaw out meat unattended while you’re at work or busy during the day. Make sure that thawing meat juices don’t drip on other foods. You can refreeze meat you’ve thawed in the fridge if needed.

You can also put meat in a sealed Ziploc bag and submerge it in cold tap water for faster thawing. You need to change this water every 30 minutes and cook as soon as you’re done thawing it.

If you thaw meat and poultry in the microwave, always cook it right after that.

Don’t just set food out on the counter to thaw!

Tip #4

Don’t cross-contaminate. This is when it’s easiest to accidentally cause sickness!

Keep raw meat, its juices, and eggs away from other food. Use separate cutting boards and knives for raw meat and veggies.

After cutting raw meat, wash cutting boards, utensils, and countertops  with hot, soapy water or a bleach cleaner (1 tablespoon of bleach per gallon of water).

Tip #5

Marinate meat in a closed dish in the fridge. Don’t reuse marinade that has touched raw meat unless you bring it to a boil first.

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Make sure you’re always cooking your food to a safe temperature.

Call the Poison Control Center

National Poison Prevention Week

Last week was also National Poison Prevention Week, so this week we gave you tips and info on protecting your family.

The most important thing is to keep the Poison Control Center number handy. Call 1-800-222-1222 if the poisoned person is still awake and alert. Otherwise, call 911.

Prescription drug overdose is one of the main causes of poisoning. Make sure you store them and other toxic products, like household cleaners securely and out-of-reach of children.

Poisoning by Prescription

 

Always make sure you read all the labels and warnings, especially when giving medicine to kids, pregnant women, and the elderly.

Labels and Poison Prevention

 

If you don’t need it, make sure you dispose of old and expired drugs properly. Follow these federal guidelines.

Getting Rid of Extra Prescription Drugs

 

Always keep household cleaners and products in their original containers. Never store them or beauty products in any type of food container.

Storing Cleaners Safely

 

Never mix household cleaners. For example, mixing bleach and ammonia makes a poison gas.

Using Cleaners Safely

 

Always wear protective coverings, like gloves, long sleeves, and pants when using household cleaners and lawn chemicals.

Protect Yourself While Cleaning

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