Holidays are a time of year filled with family, friends, festivities ... and food! With more cooks – including children – in the kitchen, it's also a time to focus on food safety.
This holiday season, prevent foodborne illness by making safety a family tradition.
- Even if your feast lasts long into the night, don't keep dishes out of refrigeration more than two hours.
- Use a meat thermometer to cook turkey to the proper temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit. Cook holiday hams and pork roasts to 160 degrees Fahrenheit. Boil gravy before serving.
- Finally, don't dip into raw cookie dough; bake all holiday treats before eating them.
Learn more about holiday food safety and Eating Right for health and life: