Cooking Safety During Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving is a time most of us look forward to all year. There is a plethora of food to indulge in, like turkey, ham, stuffing, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, sweet potatoes, bread rolls, etc. We also get to spend time with family (that we hopefully enjoy spending time with) and also get to crowd around the TV to tune into the football game.
Unfortunately, there are plenty of things that can go wrong on this special day. To better enjoy this holiday, we’ve listed several things to be aware of during food preparation/cooking.
Food Preparation Tips:
A number of food borne illnesses can be prevented by proper food preparation. And yet every year, 1 in 6 Americans gets sick by consuming contaminated foods or beverages (according to the CDC). E.coli, Salmonella, and Norovirus are just several food borne germs out there.
To reduce the likelihood of getting sick while cooking/eating your feast, you should do the following:
- Wash your hands before preparing or consuming any food. Use warm water!
- Use paper towels instead of cloth towels— cloth towels need to be replaced after frequent use.
- Use separate cutting boards for meat and produce items.
- Cook foods at the proper temperatures. Most foods, including the turkey and ham contain cooking directions—there is a reason why there are there. And once your food timer goes off, double-check the internal temperature with a food thermometer.
- Food that sits out on the counter or the table may stay out for too long. Try to refrigerate all of your leftovers within a couple of hours after everyone is done with their meals.
Fire Safety Tips
Before anything else, all homes need to have a fire alarm, carbon monoxide alarm and a fire extinguisher. These can make all the difference between life or death and the amount of physical destruction.
- NEVER use a charcoal grill or a deep fryer for your turkey inside of your home.
- NEVER put out a grease fire with water! It’ll make the fire worse. Instead, turn off the burner & try to cover the flame. Use baking soda to put it out.
This video shows exactly what to do in the event of a grease fire.
We hope you have a great Thanksgiving! Be safe, enjoy both the food and the time you have with your friends and family.