Know These Summer Food Safety Tips

Food safety is a hot topic for those sweltering summer , cookouts and picnics.Here are some summer food safety tips for you to know.

Summer food safety tips are:

1.Preparation is key: While preparing for your BBQ or picnic make sure you have the proper equipment. You want to have a few different coolers along with plenty of ice (block ice is best because it melts slower). Place serving utensils with each item and have plenty of plates and napkins available so your guests don’t use their hands (touching food can transmit bacteria). Bring hand sanitizer and make sure everyone washes their hands before they eat.

2.Prevent cross-contamination: When packing the cooler, wrap each food item securely and separately. You don’t want meat touching cheese or raw food coming in contact with cooked foods or produce. And when cooking, use separate plates and utensils for raw and cooked foods.

3. Keep cold food cold: One of the biggest culprits of foodborne bacteria is perishable food that becomes warm. Keep dishes containing mayonnaise, eggs, cheese, meats, or fish in the refrigerator or cold on ice until ready to serve. To keep food cold while serving, you can place bowls filled with the food in larger bowls that are filled with ice. Also, when transporting the food, keep it in the air-conditioned car instead of the hot trunk.

4.Keep food covered: While you are eating, keep food that is out on the table covered. This will keep bugs or debris from contaminating it.

5.Wash all produce: Produce that has not been properly washed can cause a foodborne illness. Wash all produce; even produce that has a peel or skin that you can remove. Before you pack washed produce, be sure to pat it dry thoroughly. Moisture is a host for bacteria.

6.Cook food well done: To minimize foodborne illness from meats, cook them medium well to well done. To be extra safe, use a meat thermometer to check doneness.

7.Leave the leftovers: Discard any cold food that has been in the heat for more than two hours, even if doesn’t feel particularly warm. Additionally, hot foods that have been left out for two hours should also be tossed.

These are the summer food safety tips to know.

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