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Prevent food poisoning and food-borne illnesses with the advice in this Howcast video series.
You Will Need
- Sealable containers
- Antibacterial soap
- Lemon juice
- Cutting boards
- A meat thermometer
Check the dates before purchasing
Check the dates on food products before purchasing them, and check them again before cooking. One spoiled item can harbor millions of harmful bacteria.
Store food properly
Separate meat, fruit and vegetables for storage, and discard any food that looks or smells questionable. Always store meat, poultry, and seafood in sealed containers.
Use antibacterial soap
Wash your hands with antibacterial soap and hot water frequently, especially after handling raw meat.
Rinse produce in a solution of one part vinegar or lemon juice and three parts water, even if you’re going to peel it.
Use caution when preparing foods
Don’t use the same cutting board for meats and vegetables unless you thoroughly wash it between uses. Disinfect dishes, cutting boards and counters with hot, soapy water after preparing each food item.
Cook foods safely
Use a meat thermometer to ensure that meats are cooked thoroughly, and wash the probe each time you check the temperature.
Serve food on clean plates. Never use the container or utensils that held the raw product.
Refrigerate or freeze leftovers within two hours of cooking.