Breakfast, lunch and dinner are the main events in most people’s day. Food is a major component of every day life. Even if you spend the time and money to chose the best food, the way they are prepared is very important.
In honor of National Food Health & Safety Month, Kyle ER wants to go over some important food safety tips to make sure your family is eating right this fall.
If you are eating out at a fancy restaurant or preparing a meal within the walls of your own home, there is always a risk of a food born illness. Taking the extra steps in washing all produce and checking the temperature of your meat are extremely important.
Bacteria grows on food and cutting a corner in the kitchen may expose your family to these bacteria and can lead to your family becoming very ill. Consuming any spoiled, contaminated, or raw food can lead to food poisoning.
While grocery shopping, when stored in your fridge, and while cooking, it is important to keep ingredients separated to avoid cross-contamination. In the grocery store, place raw fish and meat in a poultry’s safety bag. When you get to your house, make sure meat is stored in specific section of your refrigerator, typically at the bottom, to avoid juices dripping on other food items.
Storage of food in pantry, fridge and freezer is key. You need to know where everything goes. You might think that if something came from the pantry, that after you open that item it can go back, but many items require refrigeration after opening. Always make sure you are reading labels. Also, the freezer is not just for frozen meals and ice-cream, but can be used to store ingredients (mainly meat) that you will not be eating right away.
Storing leftover is also important. Make sure leftovers are placed in a container with a tight seal. The FDA recommends that you put all leftovers away within 2-hours of when they finished being cooked.
Before preparing or eating any meals it is important to always wash your hands. The kitchen should always be a clean area and all utensils being used should always be properly washed.
Once you have everything washed, it is time to cook! Vegetables are easy to determine their readiness based on personal preferences, but meat can be a little tricky.
For a quick guide on what temperature to cook your meat to, the FDA recommends:
- Beef, pork, fish, and lamb cooked to 145°F
- Above ground meats cooked to 160°F
- Turkey, chicken, and duck cooked to 165°F
- Above ground poultry cooked to 165°F
If you think anyone in your family might be experiencing food poisoning or a serious medical emergency, then Kyle ER is always here to provide you with no wait, concierge-level emergency care. We encourage everyone to pay attention to their food choices and food preparations to give you family a great foundation for good health.
This blog is written by Tracie Phelps, Director of Marketing at Kyle ER.
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