Wednesday, November 25, 2009

County Health Department Offers Food Safety Tips For Holiday

The Allegheny County Health Department has offered some food safety tips for the Thanksgiving holiday. When handling food you should make sure to wash your hands thoroughly both before and after you handle the food. You should make sure that all utensils and cooking materials are cleaned both before and after each use. When thawing your turkey you should allow for one day in the refrigerator for every 4 or 5 pounds or 30 minutes in cold water for every pound. When cooking for you should always use a meat thermometer to check for an internal temperature of 165 degrees. When storing food you should make sure that food is refrigerated within two hours of being served.

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