HOUSTON – When getting together to cook for loved ones, the last thing you want is a belly ailment.
Roberta Anding, a registered dietitian at Baylor College of Medicine, has a few tips to keep your food safe:
n Always use a meat thermometer to check if meat is fully cooked. The color of the meat can’t determine the safety of the meat. All meat should be cooked to 165 degrees Fahrenheit.
n Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly during food preparation.
n Wash all produce before cutting and chopping.
n Refrigerator leftovers within two hours.
n Use a thermometer when reheating food as well.
Following these basic guidelines will ensure that the food you serve is safe to eat, Anding said.