Food Storage and Safety

Follow our food-safety guidelines to keep your family happy and healthy. Checking the temperature of meat is a key step to putting a food-safe meal on the table; download our chart and keep it handy so you know the right levels for meat and poultry, as well as veggies. You'll also find simple-to-understand tips to test fish for doneness, as well as storage and handling guidelines to help preserve food properly for longer periods of time. If you're refrigerating or freezing cooked or baked dishes, use our chart to know when to keep and when to toss, as well as what kind of storage containers to use. For ingredients or prepared foods you've purchased and let sit uneaten a little longer than expected, our information will help you determine if items are safe to eat. Keeping your kitchen free of harmful bacteria is also essential to food safety; we'll review necessary steps, such as hand-washing and counter cleaning, as well as cross-contamination.

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Handy Cooking Charts

Get cooking times and temperatures for meat, poultry, and veggies.

Testing Fish for Doneness

Use these tips to ensure that your fish is cooked to perfection every time.

Storing Fresh Berries

Keep blueberries and all your other favorite summer berries fresh as long as possible.

Food Safety Tips for the Season
How to Refrigerate Produce

Save money by reducing waste. Here are the best ways to store 14 popular produce items in your fridge.

Pack a Safe Picnic

Use these helpful tips to ensure the food you tote to a picnic stays safe to eat for hours.

How to Freeze Herbs

Don't let fresh herbs go to waste. Use these tips to freeze leftover herbs to use later.

Everything in Food Storage and Safety
Storage Charts
  • Guide to Food Safety and Storage

    Follow our advice for when and how to store your foods so leftovers retain the same delicious flavor.

  • Storing Breads or Doughs

    There's no trick to storing and freezing baked breads and unbaked doughs. We'll tell you what you need to know.

  • Storing Cooked Pasta

    If you cooked too much pasta, you can easily store extras in the refrigerator or freezer for another meal.

  • Roasting Sweet Peppers

    Roasted sweet peppers make a great addition to your recipes. Follow our four steps for easy roasting.

  • Foods Not to Freeze

    Certain foods don't make the cut when it comes to freezing. Check our list before you freeze.

  • Freezing Equipment

    Don't take the time to freeze your canned fruits and veggies unless you have the right equipment.

  • Freezing Herbs

    If your garden is flourishing with fresh herbs, why not freeze some to use throughout the year? We'll tell you how.

  • Freezing Meats

    Retain the flavor and quality of your meats by following our guidelines for proper freezing.

  • Freezing Soup

    When you're making soup for dinner, think ahead and make a bigger batch to freeze for another meal.

  • General Freezing Steps

    Follow our simple steps for freezing fruits and vegetables so you can enjoy them all year round.

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