At least one in six of us have been or will be a related poisoning preparation, storage or improper cooking of our food. Surely this proportion is even higher among us Hispanics, many of which carry in the veins taste for preparing culinary delights and savor our family.
Although we are faithful defenders of our traditions and customs, it is important to follow the latest scientific advice on the care that we must watch when preparing, storing and cooking food. The Department of Agriculture (USDA) recommends four simple steps to protect ourselves:
Wash your hands and wash cooking utensils with warm water and soap
Separate raw meats and fruits and vegetables other cooked food
Cook meats and other foods to proper temperature to kill bacteria, and use a food thermometer to measure the proper internal temperature
Keep cold foods at temperatures of 40 degrees or less
Many of us have the habit of washing poultry before cooking. But that not only kills bacteria but it can spread throughout the kitchen. The only way to remove harmful bacteria is to cook the birds to the correct internal temperatures.The only way to remove harmful bacteria is to cook the birds to the correct internal temperatures.
It is very easy to convert these 4 steps in a new family tradition. Because when it comes to caring for the family and protect it from food poisoning ‘Everything Counts!’
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For more information about the campaign of the USDA, visit: Todo Cuenta