Safe Food Preparation and Handling

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washing fruits and vegetables with a strainer

The American food supply is the safest in the world and families have many choices when purchasing and preparing food for family meals. Whether buying food at supermarkets or grocery stores, from farmer's markets, or raising your own food, it is important that safe handling procedures be followed to keep family members safe and prevent foodborne illness.

Food Preparation and Kitchen Safety

Kitchens are one of the busiest rooms and may also be one of the most dangerous rooms in the house.
Check out Kitchen Safety to learn tips for keeping family members safe when working in the kitchen. See full list of fact sheets for families at right.

Cooking Times and Temperaturesmeat thermomter

Cooking food to the proper temperature, especially perishable foods such as meat and poultry, is one way to insure that food is safe to eat. Use a food thermometer to check temperatures.

Special Methods of Preparation including Grilling & BBQ

Slow Cookers, Microwaves

slow cookerConvenient. Time and energy saving. Make sure you know how to use them safely!
Many families use microwave ovens and slow cookers to prepare food, but accidents can occur if appliance is not used properly.

Microwave Safety Read about the do's and don'ts from UNL Extension.

Slow Cooker Safety from Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS- USDA Fact Sheets)

Cooking Safely in the Microwave Oven | En Español (Source: USDA)

Safety with Other Appliances: Microwaves, Appliance Thermometers, Refrigerators (USDA Fact Sheets)