EXTENSION CONNECTION: Keeping food safe (potluck party tips)

Published: Wednesday, November 28, 2012 at 02:37 PM.

If you are preparing a dish, keep the following tips in mind:

•Keep food safety in mind while cooking and serving.

•If you or your family members are sick with gastroenteritis (a stomach “bug” or stomach “flu”), do not prepare foods for others.

•Prepare foods that are easy to serve with utensils — minimize handling of food.

•When possible, bring items that do not require temperature control. These include whole fresh fruits, nuts, dried fruits and certain types of baked goods.

•If you bring hot or cold foods, make sure that you have a way to keep hot foods hot and cold foods cold.

•Keep cold food — such as cold salads with ingredients like ham, chicken, tuna and potatoes — at 40 degrees Fahrenheit or below. Use a cooler with ice or gel packs.

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