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.

How to Tell if Fish is Done

Use these tips to ensure that your fish is cooked just right!

Using a Meat Thermometer

To ensure perfectly-cooked meat, check doneness with a meat thermometer.

Storing Cooked Pasta

Some of our favorite tips on how to lengthen the life of your pasta and use it...

How to Test Meat & Poultry for Doneness

How to tell if food is done -- both for food safety and personal preferences.

Recipe Quick Find

Are Cracked Eggs Safe to Use or Freeze?

Is it safe to use or store eggs that have been recently cracked? Yes! We'll...

Freezing Herbs

Freezing herbs is fast and easy. Learn how to freeze herbs, which ones are...

How to Eliminate Bacteria in the Kitchen

Because you can't see, taste, or smell the bacteria that cause foodborne...

Roasting Sweet Peppers

You can use roasted sweet peppers in a variety of ways -- follow these easy...

How to Store Fresh Basil

Fresh basil adds a delightful spark of freshness to all it touches. Here's how...

Storing Breads or Doughs

Follow these tips to store bread properly.

Is It OK to Use Canned Pumpkin Beyond Its Sell-By Date?

Here's what to do if you find a can of pumpkin with an old sell-by date.

How to Tell if Your Burger Is Done

We're always searching for the perfect burger, and following the right burger...

Knives 101

Sharp, professional-quality knives are any cook's best friends.

How to Keep Picnic Food Safe

Food safety is especially important when eating outdoors, where food can spoil...

Keep Food at Safe Temperatures

Properly cooking food to a safe temperature destroys the harmful bacteria that...

Food Storage Charts

Foods need to be stored in different ways to preserve them for long periods of...

General Freezing Steps

Follow these steps for perfectly frozen fruits and vegetables.

Freezing Meats

Make your meat last longer than a couple of days.

Berry Storage Secrets to Extend the Life of Your Fruit

Try our Test Kitchen's tips to store raspberries, blueberries, strawberries,...

Using Eggs Safely

Tasty egg dishes depend on eggs that are in top condition. Here are some...

Freezing Soup

Cook up a big pot of soup and, if you're lucky, you'll have enough to freeze...

Guide to Food Safety and Storage

These guidelines will help you get the best flavor and texture from the foods...

Knives 101

Make prep work go faster with a trusty knife, and spare your fingers from...

Kitchen Thermometers

Kitchen thermometers help ensure that foods are cooked and stored at proper...

Don't Cross-Contaminate

One of the most important ways to keep food safe is to avoid...

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