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Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Safe cooking during the holidays

Holidays are good for many things, and just one is food! From fires to food poisoning, holiday cooking and kitchen practices can be hazardous. Kitchens are where family and friends tend to gather, so take note of these tips to keep your holidays cooking! 

1.    Keepin’ it Clean
Always wash your hands with warm, soapy water for at least 20 seconds before and after handling food. Wash cutting boards and knives with warm, soapy water after food preparation. Remember to replace dish towels and sponges often to prevent harmful bacteria.
2.    Fast to the Fridge
The two-hour rule is key: Refrigerate or freeze perishables, prepared food and leftovers within 2 hours. Thaw food in the refrigerator, never at room temperature. Store raw meats tightly wrapped on the bottom shelf of the refrigerator to keep raw juices from dripping on other food.
3.    Cooking it Through
Check meats for proper internal temperature and doneness with a thermometer. Check online for the various doneness charts. Stay in the kitchen while you are frying, grilling, boiling or broiling food. The number one reason for house fires is kitchen stovetop mistakes.
4.    Just Chill
Don’t rush. Cut food slowly and take your time when moving hot pots and pans. Keep anything that can catch fire — oven mitts, wooden utensils, food packaging, towels or curtains — away from your stovetop. Do not wear loose clothing or anything flammable. Have a fire extinguisher handy in your kitchen, and be sure you know how to use it before you need it.
5.    Stirring Up Troubles
Stir away from your body, as awkward as it may feel at first, it can save you a trip to the ER. Turn pot handles away from traffic areas or where your sleeve might catch it. Learn how to use a knife properly, holding the food with your non-dominant hand, fingers curled under.
6.    Kits in the Kitchen
Keep a first aid kit in the kitchen, stocked with up-to-date equipment, including gauze, burn salve, scissors, and the phone number for your doctors and nearby hospitals.

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