Protect Your Family’s Health This Year With These 5 Food Safety Tips

Refrigerator MF5 Food Safety Tips

It’s the beginning of a new year! In addition to making New Year’s resolutions to lose that extra weight or to go to the gym every few days, why not resolve to keep your family’s food safe in the kitchen (just how old is that mayonnaise in the door of your fridge)? If you have older parents with memory issues, it’s also a good time to check the contents of their refrigerator.

Below are five elder care New Jersey food safety tips to help you start the New Year off right:

  • 1. With a Sharpie or other marker, mark the date on all the food you place in your refrigerator and freezer. That way, you’ll never wonder how old it is.
  • 2. Beef: uncooked beef can be stored in the freezer for up to four months. In the refrigerator, be sure to consume uncooked beef in one or two days.
  • 3. Poultry: uncooked poultry can be stored in the freezer up to nine months. In the fridge, it should be eaten in one or two days.
  • 4. Always wash your cutting boards, counter tops, utensils, and dishes with hot, soapy water before putting the next food item on the same surface.
  • 5. Food should never be defrosted at room temperature. For safety, defrost in the refrigerator, in the microwave, or in cold water. If you defrost using cold water or in the microwave, cook the food immediately.

For more food safety tips, visit www.fightbac.org.