Food Handling and Safety Tips

If you’ve never worked in a kitchen, chances are you haven’t been taught enough about proper food handling and food safety tips. While most home chefs use common sense and may know the basics, there are likely some helpful hints you didn’t’ know when it comes to handling food safely.

Keep these four basics in mind when thinking about food handling and safety:

  • Clean – This includes washing your hands and food prep surfaces often.
  • Separate – Avoid cross-contamination by keeping foods separate, especially when it comes to meats.
  • Cook – Be sure to cook food at and to the correct temperature.
  • Chill – Refrigerate food promptly after cooking to keep it safe.

At the Store

  • Wait until after you select your non-perishable items to put frozen or refrigerated items in your cart.
  • Don’t be tempted to buy items marked down because they are at or past their use by or sell by dates.
  • Avoid poultry or meat in torn or leaking packages.

Food Storage Tips

  • Refrigerate all perishable food within two hours, or one hour if food is exposed to high temperatures.
  • Use an appliance thermometer to make sure your refrigerator is at 40°F or below and your freezer is at 0°F or below.
  • Be sure you cook or freeze ground meats, fresh poultry, fish, and variety meats within two days.
  • For other meats like beef, lamb, veal, and pork be sure they are cooked or frozen within three to five days.
  • As long as canned foods aren’t exposed to freezing temperatures or temperatures above 90°F they should be safe indefinitely. Low-acid canned foods like vegetables and meats can be kept for two to five years, while high-acid varieties such as fruits and tomatoes are good for 12 to 18 months.

Food Prep Tips

  • Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with warm water and soap both before and after you handle food.
  • Avoid cross-contamination by keeping raw meat, fish, and poultry away from other foods. Wash the cutting boards, countertops, and utensils used to cut raw meats with hot soapy water.
  • If you marinate meat and poultry in the refrigerator, use a covered dish.

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