Make Sure Your Food is Safe
Enjoying food with family and friends is one of the highlights of the holiday season and frequently everyone wants to join in to help, but too many cooks in the kitchen can result in an increased risk of foodborne illness.
Wash hands before, during and after food preparation. Proper hand washing may eliminate a large percentage of food poisoning cases. Also, remember to your wash hands when switching tasks.
Keep kitchen surfaces such as appliances, countertops, cutting boards and utensils clean throughout meal preparation with hot, soapy water.
Refrigerate perishable food within two hours of being served to prevent the growth of harmful bacteria that can lead to food poisoning. This is especially important when serving buffets.