On summer evenings, the go-to at our home is to fire up the grill. In fact, we are one of THOSE families that grills during all four seasons. While cooking outside may feel more laid back, we cannot relax our focus on food safety precautions. Great care is taken to keep our food supply safe and the final, critical step involves following proper guidelines while preparing food at home.
The USDA’s glossary of meat and poultry labeling terms has 20 items from “basted or self-basted” to “young turkey” and includes “natural,” “no hormones” and “organic.” What do they all mean? Here’s some background and perspective on labels in general and one – no antibiotics added – in particular. Other resources are available as well that will help you the next time you’re at the supermarket shopping for meat.
If you are in charge of cooking for the holidays, you have the power to guard against illness that affects 76 million people every year. A few simple food safety steps will help protect your family and friends. One of the simplest: cooking to the proper temperature. Here’s a free guide you can download and keep handy in your kitchen.