Preparing food

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Preparing food

  1. 1. Tips for preparing food
  2. 2.  Wash your hands thoroughly before preparing food and after preparing each dish.  Defrost meat in a microwave or the refrigerator. Do NOT defrost meat on the kitchen counter.  Keep raw meat, poultry, and fish and their juices away from other food.  Wash cutting boards, knives, and countertops immediately after cutting up meat, poultry, or fish.  Never use the same cutting board for meats and vegetables without thoroughly washing the board first.
  3. 3. Tips for cooking food
  4. 4.  Cook all food thoroughly, especially meat. This will kill bacteria that can make you ill.  Red meats should be cooked to a temperature of 160 F.  Poultry should be cooked to 180 F. When fish is safely cooked, it flakes easily with a fork.  Eggs should be cooked until the yolks are firm. Never eat foods or drink anything containing raw eggs. Never eat uncooked cookie dough made with raw eggs.
  5. 5. Tips for cleaning up the kitchen
  6. 6.  Wash all dishes, utensils, and countertops with hot, soapy water.  Store leftovers in small containers that will cool quickly in the refrigerator. Don’t leave leftovers on the counter to cool.  Write the date on leftovers. Don’t store them for more than five days.

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