This weekend is big in American sports, the 52nd Super Bowl. The Patriots and the Eagles will be facing off and people all over the United States (and abroad) will be tuning in to see which team comes out on top. With all this excitement comes Super Bowl parties and tables full of delicious burgers, side dishes and snacks. We wanted to take a moment to remind everyone about some important Food Safety practices that will help you keep your guests healthy throughout the Super Bowl.
Food Temperature Matters
This is number one because it really is one of the most important Food Safety rules. Food temperature is key when it comes to preventing the spread of dangerous bacteria growth. For your Super Bowl party remember to keep cold foods cold, and hot foods hot. To accomplish that you can put bowls of potato salad in a larger bin of ice, and keep hot foods in a crock pot or other hot dish. The cold safe zone is 38 degrees and below, and the hot food safe zone is 140 degrees and above. Anything that falls in the middle is considered the danger zone and should be avoided.
Prevent Cross Contamination
When you are prepping your dishes to serve at this weekend’s Super Bowl Party remember to avoid cross contamination. Cross contamination happens when you use a utensil or serving dish that was used to prepare raw meat with something that is raw veggies or fruit. If you are chopping meat on one cutting board remember to use a clean cutting board and knife to prepare your other food. This seems simple, but many people may forget what that knife had been used for. Check out these cutting boards that are color coordinated to help remind you what to use each board for to prevent cross contamination.
Cook Your Hot Wings To The Right Temperature
Meat must always be cooked to the appropriate temperature to ensure the it is safe for consumption. For chicken wings you should use a thermometer to make sure the internal temperature reads 165 degrees. If you’re cooking other meat refer to this list provided by foodsafety.gov to find what the minimum cooking temperature should be before serving.
Wash Your Hands
We talk about this all the time, but it is important so we are bringing it up again. Remember to wash your hands well for at least 20 seconds with soap under hot water to prevent the spread of germs in your kitchen!
As you get ready for this weekend’s big game please remember these easy steps to making sure you and your guests not only have a fun day together surrounded by good food, but also stay healthy.