Cook say for this Christmas for tips for healthy food handling the holidays provide the perfect opportunity to create an elaborate family feast that before you start firing up the oven keep in mind that cooking a big meal comes with some risks if you’re not careful bacteria and other organisms may contaminate your meal this can lead to food poisoning and other food related illnesses fortunately there are simple precautions you can take to protect yourself and your family some of the more common organisms that cause food related illnesses are Ecoli salmonella listeria and parasites though they might sound scary these organisms can be killed by following basic food safety practices make sure your holiday meal is happy and healthy adopt these for food handling safety techniques while preparing your next big feast clean this may seem obvious but it’s easy to forge the importance of keeping your kitchen clean before you start cooking clean your counter surfaces with hot soapy water and wipe them down with paper towels or clean cloths if you use cloth towels make sure to wash them regularly on your washing machines hot cycle next wash your hands utensils dishes and cutting boards with hot soapy water make sure you do this before and after you prepared each item of your meal lastly be sure to wash all fruits and vegetables before cutting them hold each item under running water for at least 10 seconds to wash away any dirt or lingering pesticides then simply dry the fruit or vegetable with a paper towel or clean cloth you don’t need to use soap or chemicals you also don’t need to wash raw meat poultry or eggs since washing these items may actually spread bacteria to the rest of your kitchen separate once you’ve scoured your surfaces with hot soapy water you might think you are in the clear to cook up a storm think again the bacteria found on raw meat poultry seafood and AG’s can still spread bacteria to other fresh or ready to eat foods this is called cross contamination and you can only avoided by keeping these foods to separated the U.S. Dept of health and human services recommends using separate cutting boards to keep foods apart one cutting board for meet another for poultry and another for fruits and vegetables only combine ingredients once you’re ready to begin cooking and be sure to wash your hands between handling raw meats and fresh foods remember that everything you touch after handle in raw meats will be contaminated and less you clean your hands with hot soapy water cook even though certain foods might look Don it’s important to test the temperature before you serve them you’ll need a special food thermometer to test the internal temperature of various meats to be sure they are safe or eating the centers for disease control recommends cooking these meats to a specific temperature Kohl meets should reach an internal temperature of at least 145? Ash be sure to allow the meat to rest for 3 minutes before carving or consuming ground meats must be cooked to an internal temperature of at least 160? Aft whole tree must be cooked to an internal temperature of at least 165? Ash including chicken and Turkey it is also important to take care as to how you thaw meet never leave frozen meat sitting on a counter to thaw at room temperature since this increases bacteria production meat can be safely thought in cold water in the refrigerator or in the microwave chew if you are making a large meal this holiday it’s likely that you’ll need to store various items in your refrigerator to keep your food safe while they wait make sure that your refrigerator is at 40? Ash and that all items are stored with a lid or plastic wrap over openings if you make a big trip to the grocery store be sure to store Annie purchases that need to be kept cold like meat in your refrigerator bacteria can start multiplying on on refrigerated food in as little as 2 hours and even less if you keep your home warm and toasty health ahead hint cooks a four happy holidays one of the best parts of the holiday season is coming together with family and sharing a delicious meal that a warm family occasional can quickly become stressful if someone or multiple people become sick from eating the food that’s why food safety should always be your top priority be mindful of the steps you’re taking as you prepare your meal when in doubt the wash your hands cooking implements and surface areas again with hot soapy water stick to the four techniques of food safety Kleen separate cook and she’ll to ensure that your family meal will be as safe as it is delicious