This Thoughtful Thursday blog post is brought to you by the letter F. F as in Food. Did you know that 1 in 6 Americans (48 million people) suffer from food poisoning each year? Ewwww. How is that even possible? According to the folks at www.foodsafety.gov/, there are four food myths that we need to know to stay safe from food poisoning.
Myth: If I microwave food, the microwave kills the bacteria, so the food is safe.
Truth: Harmful bacteria may remain if food heats unevenly. Be sure to follow cooking instructions including rotating, stirring, and letting food stand when indicated.
Myth: I don’t need to use a food thermometer. I can tell when my food is cooked by looking at it or checking the temperature with my finger.
Truth: Color, texture and steaming are not indicators that a food is safe to eat. The only sure way to know food is safely cooked is to use a food thermometer.
Myth: I can’t re-freeze foods after I have thawed them—I have to cook them or throw them away.
Truth: If raw foods have been thawed in the refrigerator, they may be safely re-frozen without cooking for later use. Never re-freeze foods that have been thawed in the microwave or in cool water. Never thaw raw foods by letting them sit on the kitchen counter. twitter.
Myth: Of course I wash all bagged lettuce and greens because it might make me sick if I don’t.
Truth: While it is important to thoroughly wash most fruits and vegetables, if packaged greens are labeled “ready-to-eat,” “washed,” or “triple washed” then the product does NOT need to be washed at home.
So be food safe, ok? For more information on food safety, go to: http://foodsafety.gov.
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