We all know that eating right is an important part of keeping ourselves and our families happy. As parents we work hard to ensure our kids are getting the nutrition they need to grow and flourish. Along with knowing WHAT to serve our family we need to know HOW to prepare, serve and store our food to avoid nasty food born illnesses.
When checking the temperature of meat it’s important that you insert the thermometer into the thickest part of the meat without touching any bones. If you have more than one piece of meat be sure to check them all separately. To check the temperature of hamburgers insert your thermometer from the side of the patty into the middle for the most accurate reading.
Here is a handy chart of safe internal food temperatures you can print and post in your kitchen for reference:
- Always pick up cold and frozen foods at the end of your shopping trip
- Be sure to examine fruits and veggies for signs of bruising or other damage
- Keep raw meats separate from other foods in your shopping cart
- Your fridge should be at 4 degrees Celsius and your freezer at or below -18
- Always thaw food in the fridge, in the microwave or in a bath of cold water
For some more useful information be sure to visit the Healthy Canadians website.