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Handling Food Safely

Proper procedures when handling food will ensure the enjoyment of your meals. Here are some things to keep in mind:

  • Always thaw your products in the refrigerator or one of the other recommended methods. Never thaw products at room temperature.

  • Food products will not last indefinitely in the freezer or refrigerator. Always plan to use your frozen foods in a reasonable amount of time.

  • Do not use the same cutting board or platter for raw meats and cooked meats. Wash hands, utensils, cutting boards and counters that contact raw food.

  • Cook meats to the proper degree of doneness as per the table below:

  Meat Type Internal Temperature
  Ground Beef, Lamb, Pork 160 degrees
  Ground Chicken, Turkey 170 degrees
  Poultry Pieces 170 degrees
  Pork Chips, Ribs, Roasts 160 degrees
  Beef Steaks, Roasts 160 degrees for Medium, 170 degrees for Well Done
  Whole Chickens 180 degrees
  • Do not allow cooked meats to stand at room temperature. Always refrigerate leftovers immediately.

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     noun. Slang.  A person who has an ardent or refined interest in food; a gourmet.