Home Safety Tips

Home safety tips, did you know 52% of families take out food from restaurants or fast food places for dinner or lunch?

We are much more concerned with being convenient in our eating. With this comes an issue with food safety. “Home Food safety” is used as a scientific method/discipline describing handling, preparation, and storage of food in ways that prevent food-borne illness. The occurrence of two or more cases of a similar illness resulting from the ingestion of a common food is known as a food-borne disease outbreak.

This includes a number of routines that should be followed to avoid potential health hazards. In this way, food safety often overlaps with food defense to prevent harm to consumers. The tracks within this line of thought are safety between industry and the market and then between the market and the consumer.

In considering industry to market practices, food safety considerations include the origins of food including the practices relating to food labeling, food hygiene, food additives and pesticide residues, as well as policies on biotechnology and food and guidelines for the management of governmental import and export inspection and certification systems for foods.”

How often do your re-heat the leftover food?

1 or 2x times? Do you use the microwave or oven or toaster oven? When using the microwave before half way through the reheating to stir the food to help eliminate cold spots where bacteria can survive. Your food needs to be heated to 165 degrees Fahrenheit, to be safe to eat.

Here’s 9 tips that will help you  to keep your food safe at home:

  • Defrosting meats or frozen food, ideally thaw out in your fridge.
  • Store your meats below or on the bottom shelf, so that you don’t have the cross contamination thing going on. Your produce & fruits need to be above your meat products.
  • Label your leftovers, what day they were put in the fridge and be sure to use them within 3 days or throw them out. If you put them in the freezer, label and date them.
  • Always wash your hands. Especially after from doing your thing in the bathroom. Use paper towels to dry your hands. Every time you are going to prepare another food group, wash your hands. Where gloves as much as possible.
  • To disinfect your dishes in the dishwasher or to clean your cutting boards use just a capful of bleach, this will disinfect everything. And if will give your dishwasher and good clean too!
  • To get the odors out,  put some baking soda in the fridge, Baking Soda Loves the odors and will keep your fridge smelling fresh. Change the soda every 3 months.
  • Keep your refrigerator at 40 degrees F, use a thermometer and keep it in the fridge to maintain the temperature.
  • Give the fridge a bath a thorough cleaning, by scrubbing down the shelves, drawers and dry with paper towel or a clean cloth. (I like the microfiber ones).
  • Check for expired foods, the fridge doesn’t want them back in.

For more ideas hop over to the https://www.eatright.org/food/home-food-safetyFood Safety

Home Food Safety Tips  is dedicated to raising consumer awareness about the seriousness of food-borne illness and providing solutions for easily and safely handling foods. Learn more at about food storage 

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