Home Food Safety- it’s no joke!

Many times when you think of food safety you think about washing your hands before preparing your meal, cooking your meat to the proper internal temperature, and making sure your raw meat doesn’t come in contact with your fresh fruits and vegetables.  But have you ever thought about food safety AFTER you have prepared your meal?

Making meals ahead is a great way to save money and time. However, it’s important to always follow the proper food safety guidelines to avoid getting food poisoning from your leftovers.

Here are some tips to keep your food safe:

  • Keep your refrigerator set to 40°F or below.
  • Make sure you refrigerate leftovers within two hours, or one hour if food sets in over 90°F weather (like an outdoor family picnic). If food has been sitting at room temperature for more than two hours, toss it!
  • Use a food thermometer to make sure leftovers are reheated to 165°F. This goes for microwaved leftovers, too.
  • You can’t rely on sight and smell alone to know if leftovers are spoiled. Place an “eat-by-date” label on leftovers or write the date of purchase on your take-out-container to remember when to discard leftovers before they perish. (Masking tape and a permanent marker will do!)

 

Nothing is worse than opening up a leftover container of your favorite meal to find a not-so-pleasant smell coming from it.  It’s enough to ruin that meal and your appetite!  Always remember this phrase: “when in doubt, throw it out!”

Here’s a great resource of how long to keep items in your fridge or freezer: Home Food Safety

 

Information provided by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and HomeFoodSafety.org.

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Posted on September 13, 2012, in Faculty & Staff, Men's Health, Nutrition/Culinary Corner, Physical, Resources, UND Work Well, Women's Health and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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