* When taking foods off the grill, put them on a clean plate, not
the same platter that held raw meat.
* When preparing dishes like chicken or cooked meat salads, use
chilled ingredients. In other words, make sure your cooked
chicken has been cooked and chilled before it gets mixed with
other salad ingredients.
* It's a good idea to use a separate cooler for drinks, so the one
containing perishable food won't be constantly opened and closed.
* A cooler chest can also be used to keep hot food hot. Line the
cooler with a heavy kitchen towel for extra insulation and place
well wrapped hot foods inside. It's amazing how long the foods
will stay not only warm, but hot. Try to use a cooler that is
just the right size to pack fairly tightly with hot food so
less heat escapes.
* Wash ALL fresh produce thoroughly. When preparing
lettuce, break into pieces - then wash.
* Cook foods to the required minimum cooking temperatures:
- 165 F > Poultry, poultry stuffing, and stuffed meat.
- 158 F > Ground Beef, fish, and seafood.
- 150 F > Pork and food containing pork.
- 145 F > shell eggs and foods containing shell eggs.
* Separate raw animal foods from other raw or ready-to-eat
foods during storage and preparation.
* Cool leftovers as quickly as possible. Reheat to
165 F before serving again.
* BY ALL MEANS, REMEMBER THIS:
Bacteria on food will rapidly multiply when left at a
temperature between 45 F and 140 F. Avoid this danger
zone as much as possible.