SOME HOLIDAY FOOD PREPARATION TIPS AND WARNINGS

SOME HOLIDAY FOOD PREPARATION TIPS AND WARNINGS

With the 4th of July holiday this week, many of us will be getting food ready for family picnics and backyard barbeques. Reporter Sara Snyder has some food preparation safety tips…
It’s close to summer, the traditional time of picnics by the pool, up in the national park, or in the back yard. The smell of hot dogs and burgers is sizzling on the grill, potato salad, chips, dips, all the summer treats. But if you’re not careful, those outdoor feasts could ignite some serious intestinal fireworks – and even land you in the emergency room. Experts say that over 100 million people in the U.S. will contract food poisoning every year. But there are some simple things that can keep you and your family safe. Make sure you wash your hands before handling food. Store raw meats away from other foods, below 40 degrees. Thaw frozen foods in the fridge, not on the counter top, clean grills and utensils before cooking and make sure food is cooked to proper temperatures. Simple steps, but steps than can prevent you and your family from hours or days of misery or hospitalization.

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