Friday, May 19, 2017

Your Guide to Food Safety

Now that you’re likely cooking for yourself (which is a healthy step that deserves a pat on the back in itself!), it’s important to know the facts about foodborne illness. 

In fact, one in six Americans gets sick every year from food poisoning, according to And you may be at further risk due to a comprised immune system from years of substance abuse. The good news: It’s pretty easy to protect yourself. 

Start by following these safety tips for prepping, cooking and storing food.
  • Wash cutting boards, knives, cooking utensils and countertops with hot, soapy water after each use.
  • Scrub hands in warm water with soap (for 20 to 30 seconds) both before and after handling food.
  • Sanitize sponges and replace frequently. Hint: Pop the sponge in the microwave for one minute or run it through the hot cycle in the dishwasher. 
  • Use separate cutting boards for raw foods or clean boards and knives with hot, soapy water between each use to avoid cross-contamination. 
  • Separate raw meat, poultry and seafood in the refrigerator. Place these items on the bottom shelf so that juices don’t drip onto other foods.
  • Use a food thermometer to be sure food is cooked to a safe internal temperature: 
    • Beef, pork, lamb: 145°F 
    • Fish: 145°F 
    • Ground beef, pork, lamb: 160°F 
    • Turkey, chicken, duck: 165°F
  • Keep perishable foods refrigerated at or below 40°F within two hours. If the outside temperature is 90°F or higher, it’s best to do this within one hour. 
  • Always marinate foods in the refrigerator -- and never on the counter.
  • Learn the language:
    • “Sell by” date: the last day a store should sell that package. 
    • “Best if used by” date: a suggestion to achieve best flavor or quality. Note: If this date has recently passed, the food should be safe if stored and handled properly.
    • “Use by” date: the manufacturer’s last date recommended for peak quality. 
A Healthy Diet at Haus Recovery
As part of our comprehensive sober living services, we offer clients cooking classes and dietary support. To learn more, call today: 888-551-4715.

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