Tips to make sure your cooked food is safe
• After cooking, keep hot food at 60°C (140°F) or hotter until it’s served.
• Serve hot food while hot, or put it in the fridge or freezer as soon as possible once cooled (within two hours of preparation).
• Never leave food out for more than two hours.
• Use clean dishes and utensils to serve food. Never use the same ones you used when preparing raw food.
• Never leave perishable food outside the refrigerator for more than two hours.
• Pack lunches in insulated carriers with a cold pack. Warn children never to leave lunches in direct sun or on a warm radiator.
• Keep cold party food on ice or serve it on platters from the refrigerator.
• Divide hot party food into smaller serving platters. Keep platters refrigerated until it's time to warm them up for serving.
Microwaves are great time-savers but they can sometimes leaves cold spots in food where bacteria may survive.
Tips for safe microwaving
• Cover food with a lid or plastic wrap that is approved for microwaving. The steam will help food cook thoroughly. Leave a small section uncovered so steam can escape, and do not let the wrap touch the food.
• Stir and rotate food for even cooking. If there is no turntable in the oven, rotate the dish by hand once or twice during cooking.
• Observe the "standing" time called for in recipe or package directions. Food finishes cooking during the standing time.
• Use a meat thermometer to check that your food is ready. Insert it at several spots.
This information is care of The Ontario Ministry of Health & Long Term Care
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