The fields are being planted, the grass is growing fast and the proms and graduations are in full swing. Whatever milestones you enjoy with the change in seasons, I hope that you can be mindful in the observation of them. The little things in life enrich the moments and allow us to savor the memories for the future.
Speaking of memories, I’m guessing many of you are preparing for upcoming gatherings. Graduations, family or school reunions and community picnics are all times to gather and share lots of great food and great stories. What kind of things do we need to keep in mind to keep our food safe? Following are some tips from USDA to keep our gatherings enjoyable for everyone.
1. Plan Ahead — Make sure the location meets your needs.
2. Store & Prepare Food Safely
3. Cook Food to Safe Minimum Internal Temperatures — It's the only way to tell if harmful bacteria are destroyed!
4. Transport Food Safely — Keep hot food HOT. Keep cold food COLD.
5. Need to Reheat? Food must be hot and steamy for serving. Just "warmed up" is not good enough.
6. Keep Food Out of the "Danger Zone" (40-140 °F).
7. When In Doubt, Throw it Out!
Be Food Safe! Prepare with Care
Keeping your food safe is important for everyone, but especially young children and older adults. For more information, check out BeFoodSafe.gov or, "Ask Karen" at AskKaren.gov or call the toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline at 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854); TTY: 1-800-256-7072
Melinda Hill is an OSU Extension Family & Consumer Sciences Educator and may be reached at 330-264-8722.
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