January 20, 2017

Super Bowl, Slow Cookers, and Food Safety

The USDA is offering tips for keeping the food you cook in your slow cooker safe while you plan your Super Bowl party. The government's Meat and Poultry Hotline gets lots of questions about using this appliance this time of year. Typical questions are answered. If you put meat in your slow cooker and forget to turn it on, the meat must be discarded. Even if you cook it, pathogenic bacteria can produce toxins that will not be destroyed by heat. Any perishable food left out at temperatures between 40°F and 140°F for two hours or longer must be discarded. Sometimes, if you refrigerate cooked foods in a large container, the center may not cool quickly enough. If a large pot of chili or soup, or a large cut of meat isn't cold within a few hours, it must be discarded. Always put food into … [Read more...]

USDA Offers Safety Tips for Super Bowl Parties

If you're throwing (or attending) a Super Bowl Party on Sunday, the USDA wants you to know some tips about food safety. Super Bowl Sunday is the second highest day of food consumption in the United States. Only Thanksgiving sees more eating! To ensure that your party is a hit and that your guests stay safe and happy, remember the four rules for food safety at home. Clean Make sure you always wash your hands with soap and water, before, during, and after working with food. If you're serving dips and finger foods, it's important that your guests wash their hands too! To make sure hands are thoroughly clean, sing "Happy Birthday to You" twice. That should take about 20 seconds, which is the minimum recommended hand-washing time. You can also provide anti-bacterial wipes for your … [Read more...]

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