Safe Food Handling Tips for the Home

  • 21st March 2013

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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.

safe food handling tips

Another important factor in keeping the food we eat safe is cooking (especially meat) and reheating it to the correct internal temperature.  If you don’t already have a food thermometer it’s a good idea to go out and get one.  It takes the guess work out it! It is highly recommended that you use a digital food thermometer. They are very quick and extremely accurate.

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:

Safe Food Cooking Temperatures


How many times have you gone through your fridge trying to determine what  is still good and what needs to go in the trash or compost bin?  Sometimes it’s obvious from the mold or stench but it’s not always that clear.  You can’t always rely on sight or smell to tell if something has gone bad.  Many bacterias have no smell and are not visible to the naked eye.  It’s always best to be safe rather than sorry.  Remember to always use foods by their best before dates.  When there is no such date here is a great food storage guide you can go by:
Food Strorage Guidelines
A few more important tips to keep you food fresh and your family healthy:
  • 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.


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This article has 7 comments

  1. P.S. Totally printing these out and sticking them on my fridge!!
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  2. THESE are amazing tips! I'm printing them too!! Great post!

  3. Thanks for putting this information all in one place. I can't tell you the number of times I've had to search for recommended internal food temperatures for poultry, and this will definitely come in handy. It's a keeper – I'm printing it!! 🙂

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