Health Watch -- Thanksgiving: Food Safety

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This week on Health Watch, we’re talking about Thanksgiving and food. You don’t want your guests to get sick after dinner, so Vickie Vaclavik, a nutritionist at UT Southwestern Medical Center, has some important food preparation tips.

First, keep perishable foods either cold or hot. It’s the in-between zone where bacteria really flourish. Because of this, you should thaw your turkey in the refrigerator rather than at room temperature. Wash your hands before you cook and after you handle raw meats. Use a clean or disposable towel for drying your hands. Clean countertops after they’ve been in contact with raw foods. Don’t use the same utensils for serving cooked food that you used to prepare the food when it was raw.

Next: Keeping food safe while you serve it.


November 2006

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