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Tri-County news • Holiday Gift Guide • Thursday, November 17, 2016

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practices top-of-mind. They are just as necessary to a great meal as sharp knives, high-quality cookware, fresh ingredients and the right appliances.

Clean hands, surfaces Before you begin cooking, start by making sure your work area and tools are clean. Wash all preparation surfaces, including cutting boards, with hot, soapy water. If any tools or containers you will need are dirty, either run the dishwasher cycle or hand-wash the items in a sink of hot, soapy water. Finally, wash your hands with warm water and soap for 20 seconds before and after handling food. Rinse fruits, vegetables Depending on what you are using, some foods will require rinsing. Rinse fresh fruits and vegetables under running water just before eating or using. Firm-skinned produce like cucumbers and apples should be rubbed under running tap water by hand or with a clean brush. You should also rinse any produce that will be peeled, because microorganisms on the surface can be easily transferred to the flesh with a peeler or knife blade. Blot fresh fruits and vegetables dry with paper towels. There is no need to rinse raw meat or poultry, at least not in the name of food safety. All that will accomplish is potentially spreading bacteria in your sink and beyond. Raw meat and poultry must be cooked to a safe internal temperature.

Safely handle meat The best home cooks know it is important to safely handle raw meat and poultry. To start with, do not thaw frozen meat and poultry at room temperature—to do so gives harmful bacteria an ideal environment to multiply and spread. There are three safe ways to defrost food— in the refrigerator, submerged in cold water, and in the microwave. Food thawed in cold water or in the microwave should be cooked immediately. Keep raw meat and poultry separate from other foods, and use one cutting board for fresh produce and a separate one for raw meat and poultry. And it is worth a reminder—never place cooked food on a plate that previously held raw or undercooked meat or poultry. Safe temperatures Here is a compelling reason to cook food to a safe temperature: Even a professional chef cannot say with precision if a food item is cooked to a safe internal temperature. Food is safely cooked when it reaches a high enough internal temperature to kill the harmful bacteria that cause illness. Get a food thermometer and use it consistently. For a list of safe internal temperatures, visit the Partnership for Food Safety Education Web site at fightbac.org. Safe leftovers Proper storing of leftovers in a refrigerator at

continued from page 1 40 F or below helps reduce the risk of food poisoning. Keep leftovers in shallow containers so they cool off more quickly. When reheating leftovers, make sure they reach a safe temperature of 165 F as measured with a food thermometer. Consume or freeze refrigerated leftovers within three to four days. For more tips to build your skills and expertise in food safety, visit StoryofYourDinner.org. Check out an animated video, as well as fun items such as kid-friendly placemats to download, and a collection of side dish recipes that incorporate home food safety tips.

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There are many things that can be stressful about hitting the road for the holidays; however, traveling with pets does not have to be one of them. If you will be flying, there are circumstances under which you may have to leave your pet at home, even if he is healthy and adaptable. According to USDA regulations, your pet has to be at least eight weeks old and fully weaned for at least five days in order to travel by air. In addition, pets with flat, “snub noses�—like Persian cats, pugs and bulldogs—are more susceptible to breathing problems, and flying can put their health at risk. Some airlines will not even allow these types of pets on commercial flights. Pack ample food and water. This may sound obvious, but it is easy to underestimate how much food and water your pet will need. Bring enough food for the whole trip; your pet’s specific brand or type of food may not be readily available everywhere, and it is not a good idea to introduce your pet to a new brand of food while traveling. Bring travel food and water bowls. The collapsible kind are recommended—they are highly portable and do not take up a lot of space. If possible, bring bedding he uses at home. The familiar smell and feel will make him more comfortable. Pets find as many (or more) ways to get dirty on the road as at home so bring grooming tools as well.

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