Keep your 4th of July festivities safe with these simple food safety tips:
Keep it clean: Keep your hands clean before, during and after preparing food. If away from home, bring moist towelettes or soap and water.Have plenty of clean utensils available for both serving and eating, and be sure to use a different utensils and plates for raw and cooked meat and poultry.
Keep cold food cold: Keep perishable foods in a cooler with plenty ice or frozen gel packs. Leave these foods in the cooler until ready to serve. Consider keeping drinks in a separate cooler, so that perishable foods won’t be exposed to the warm outdoors when picnickers open and reopen the cooler.
Have plenty of ice: Ice is not only important for keeping your cold food cold—keep a separate container of ice to put in beverages. It’s unsafe to take ice from a cooler full of perishable foods in case something has leaked.
Grab the meat thermometer: Use a thermometer when grilling meat and poultry. Burgers should reach an internal temperature of 160 degrees and chicken breasts should reach 165 degrees. To avoid cross contamination, clean your thermometer after each use.
Know when to toss it: Discard all perishable food that has been left out at room temperature for more than two hours, or more than one hour if the temperature is above 90 degrees. If you have access to a refrigerator, pack up leftovers promptly! Remember, something like raw chicken should be put on the lowest shelf with the potato salad on a higher shelf for safe storage.
Have a happy and safe 4th of July!
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