If you decide to take the alternate route and take on preparing a home cooked meal for your loved one, or are ordering delivery or takeout, the CDC also has some tips that you can follow.
Some of the most important tips to remember are the “safe minimum cooking temperatures
,” which are as follows:
- All poultry: 165˚F
- Ground beef, pork, lamb, and veal: 160˚F
- Beef, pork, lamb, and veal chops, roasts and steaks: 145˚F
- Fish: 145˚F
Once your food is cooked, ensure that your hot food is kept hot; it should be “held at an internal temperature of 140˚F or above.” The CDC warns that the same germs that are known to cause food-borne illnesses or food poisoning are also known to grow faster when food is warm (between 40˚F and 140˚F). Using a food thermometer can help you ensure that your food remains at a temperature hot enough to kill these harmful bacteria. Similarly, any cold food should be kept at a temperature of 40˚F or below.
Again, anything that has been left at room temperature for over 2 hours should be thrown away. Additionally, any food that does make it to the refrigerator or the fridge within that time window should be consumed within 3 or 4 days to reduce your risk of catching any food-borne illnesses.
Remembering these simple tips during your celebrations tonight will probably be the best gift that you can give to your loved one.
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