Published on May 4th, 2012 | by SteakBytes1
Handling Food Safely
When it comes to preparing food for your friends and loved ones there’s really no such thing as being too safe. Below, we’ve outlined a few simple and easy food safety tips that you can take to ensure the only thing that arrives on the plate for your dinner guests is a delicious meal.
- Always thaw your products in the refrigerator or one of the other recommended methods outlined in our earlier post “Thawing Omaha Steaks Products.” and never thaw products at room temperature.
- Food products won’t last forever in the freezer or refrigerator. Always plan to use your fresh and/or thawed food items in a reasonable amount of time.
- Don’t use the same cutting board or platter for raw meats and cooked meats. Wash your hands, utensils, cutting boards and counters that come into contact with uncooked items like beef, pork or seafood.
- Cook meats to the proper degree of doneness. Ground meat items need to be cooked to 160°F internal temperature. Click here for an easy-to-use and handy steak cooking chart of your own.
- Avoid allowing cooked meats to stand at room temperature. Place any leftovers into the refrigerator in a tupperware or other reusable container immediately to avoid spoilage.
Following the five guidelines listed above will make sure that the only thing your friends and family will take home at the end of the night is the memory of a beautifully prepared event!