With the coronavirus (COVID-19) public health crisis, many families are preparing more meals at home. Within the home environment, we can sometimes forget food safety rules, which can cause potential foodborne illness and the spread of germs.
Practicing good food safety techniques is even more important for those who can get sick to foodborne illness easier such as pregnant women, infants, children, and seniors. Check out our handout titled, "Keep Your Food Safe" to remember these tips:
Before handling food:
- Clean your workspace before preparing food. Be mindful of where you sneeze and cough!
- Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water before, during, and after cooking.
While preparing food:
- Keep fruit and vegetables from touching the same surfaces as raw meat, seafood, or poultry.
Defrost food in the fridge or use the defrost function on a microwave and cook immediately.
As you cook food:
- Use a thermometer to check if your cooked foods are at safe internal temperatures.
- Avoid the temperature danger zone (41°F to 135°F) where germs can grow and make you sick.
After cooking food:
- Chill cooked food faster by placing it in your refrigerator and not on the counter.
- Split large dishes of hot leftovers into multiple containers to cool down faster.