Food Safety for Holiday Traveling

Traveling on the road this weekend? Make sure those perishable food items are packed with an adequate cold source so that they stay safe the entire trip. You want a have a memorable holiday experience that is happy, not one ruined from a food illness.

Holiday Leftover Food Storage Limits

Your holiday meal leftovers won’t last forever. Do you know how long can you safely keep these leftovers in your refrigerator before they go bad? Knowing how long you have to eat leftovers is important to ensure no one gets a foodborne illness.

Holiday Leftover Storage Safety

You spend hours preparing your wonderful holiday meal and you refuse to let the leftovers go to waste.  There are some important food safety rules about leftovers that you need to follow to ensure no one gets a foodborne illness.

Food Safety Tips for the Holiday Meal

Happy Holidays! Food safety is probably not the first thing people think about when planning a special holiday dinner. To keep your gathering from being memorable for the wrong reasons,  it’s important to use food safety principles to reduce the risk of foodborne illness.

Dangers of E. Coli and Salmonella in Flour

Flour is not intended to be consumed raw, Several illnesses and outbreaks have been associated with the consumption of raw flour from Salmonella or E. coli. The best way to avoid a food illness from flour is to avoid consuming it before it’s cooked, but that isn’t always so easy.

Food Safety for Holiday Season Steak Tartare

With each holiday season, hundreds of people in the Midwest are sickened after eating a holiday favorite – steak tartare – also know as “cannibal sandwiches” or “tiger meat”. No matter how it is served, eating raw or undercooked ground beef and eggs poses a health risk and should be avoided.

Cooking Stuffing and Food Safety

Stuffing is an excellent medium for bacterial growth – like Salmonella. When cooked inside the turkey, the juices containing bacteria, are absorbed by the stuffing.
The only reliable safe method to cook stuffing, is to cook it separate from the turkey – to a safe minimum internal temperature of 165°F as measured with a food thermometer – so as to kill any bacteria.

Eggnog Food Safety Tips

Homemade eggnog is a tradition during the holiday season. But each year, this creamy drink causes cases of Salmonella food illness because of contaminated raw or undercooked eggs. By following simple safe handling and proper cooking practices, you can enjoy delicious, creamy, homemade eggnog without making anyone sick!

To Wash or Not to Wash – That is the Turkey Food Safety Question

Many people think that washing their turkey will remove bacteria and make it safe. In fact, washing a turkey can transfer harmful bacteria onto the surfaces of your kitchen, other foods, and utensils.
Do not wash your turkey in preparation for cooking on Thanksgiving. Likewise, only cooking the turkey thoroughly to 165°F kills any bacteria.

Holiday Turkey Food Safety Tips

It’s time to start thinking about buying a fresh turkey and how to properly and safely prepare the entire meal.
All turkeys, like other fresh meat and poultry, are highly perishable and care needs to be taken when purchasing, storing, preparing, and cooking them to avoid foodborne illness.