According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, food poisoning sickens 1 in 6 people annually. Sporting events, like the Super Bowl are big days for food. Follow these four tips to keep your party guests safe from food poisoning.
1) Clean, clean, clean. When preparing food for a party, wash all produce, wash your hands and surfaces often. When we are preparing larger than usually portions of food, and preparing different types of foods, it is easy to cross-contaminate. That is, it is easy to accidentally get bacteria from raw meats on other foods that are already cooked or are meant to be served raw. It is important to wash your hands every time you touch raw meat. clean the surfaces touched by raw meats, and discard of any packaging from raw meats quickly and safely.
2) Separate. Use separate plates for raw and cooked foods when grilling. Take the hamburgers to the grill on one plate, bring them back on another. Also keep things separate in the grocery cart and refrigerator.
3) Cook food to the proper temperature.
Ground beef should be cooked to 160 degrees F.
Ground poultry should be cooked to 165 degrees F.
Steaks, ham and pork need to reach at least 145 degrees F.
All chicken and turkey products should reach 165 degrees F.
4) Chill properly. Foods should only sit at room temperature for up to two hours. Soups and chili should be placed in a shallow container so that it can cool down quickly before putting it in the fridge. Foods left out longer than two hours should be thrown out!
Don’t take chances with your health. Don’t make your friends sick at your Super Bowl Party. They won’t come back.
When it doubt, throw it out!