Food Storage & 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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Food Storage Charts
Foods need to be stored in different ways to preserve them for long periods of time -- our charts describe the prop...
Storage Chart for Home-Cooked Foods
Guidelines for refrigerating and freezing home-baked and home-cooked products.
Storage Chart for Purchased Items
Plan ahead and you can have a food supply that won't spoil before you've had a chance to use it.
Guide to Food Safety and Storage
These guidelines will help you get the best flavor and texture from the foods you store.
Storing Breads or Doughs
Follow these tips to store bread properly.
Storing Cooked Pasta
Some of our favorite tips on how to lengthen the life of your pasta and use it for other meals.
Roasting Sweet Peppers
You can use roasted sweet peppers in a variety of ways -- follow these easy roasting directions.
Foods Not to Freeze
These foods lose flavor, texture, or overall quality when frozen.
Before you freeze your canned creations, make sure you have the right equipment.
Freezing herbs is quick and easy. Learn which ones are great for freezing and how best to freeze them.
Make your meat last longer than a couple of days.
Cook up a big pot of soup and, if you're lucky, you'll have enough to freeze for another meal.
General Freezing Steps
Follow these steps for perfectly frozen fruits and vegetables.
One of the most important ways to keep food safe is to avoid cross-contamination.
How to Keep Picnic Food Safe
Food safety is especially important when eating outdoors, where food can spoil easily -- enjoy a worry-free picnic...
How to Eliminate Bacteria in the Kitchen
Because you can't see, taste, or smell the bacteria that cause foodborne illness, cleanliness is essential.
Keep Food at Safe Temperatures
Properly cooking food to a safe temperature destroys the harmful bacteria that cause foodborne illnesses.
How to Test Burgers & Roast for Doneness
Don't judge roasts or burgers by appearance. Use a meat thermometer.
How to Tell if Fish is Done
Use these tips to ensure that your fish is cooked just right!
How to Test Meat & Poultry for Doneness
How to tell if food is done -- both for food safety and personal preferences.
Using Eggs Safely
Tasty egg dishes depend on eggs that are in top condition. Here are some egg-handling pointers.