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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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.
Don't take the time to freeze your canned fruits and veggies unless you have the right equipment.
If your garden is flourishing with fresh herbs, why not freeze some to use throughout the year? We'll tell you how.
Retain the flavor and quality of your meats by following our guidelines for proper freezing.
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.
Here's what you need to know to ensure that your food is safe from harmful cross-contamination.
How to Keep Picnic Food Safe
Planning a picnic? Our tips will help you think ahead and keep food safe from spoiling.
How to Eliminate Bacteria in the Kitchen
Keep it clean in the kitchen with our hints to eliminate bacteria from your hands, produce, dishcloths, and more.
Keep Food at Safe Temperatures
We'll tell you how to chill, thaw, and tote a variety of foods to ensure they maintain safe temperatures.
How to Test Burgers & Roast for Doneness
Don't rely on the appearance of your burgers and roasts to indicate doneness. Play it safe with a meat thermometer.
How to Tell if Fish is Done
Don't serve undercooked fish to your family. Here's how you can tell if your fish is done.
How to Test Meat & Poultry for Doneness
We've taken the guesswork out of testing steaks, chops, chicken, burgers, lamb, and fish for proper doneness.
Using Eggs Safely
We'll tell you how to use eggs safely including selection, cracking, and storing raw eggs.