Contributed by: NAPSA
Be Food Wise (NAPSI) - Family, friends and great-tasting recipes are all part of entertaining. While cooking remains the centerpiece of many festivities, proper food handling should be at the top of your preparation list.
A recent survey conducted by Tyson Foods, Inc. indicates that 95 percent of Americans are concerned about food safety, yet most admit they do not know basic food handling procedures-an important finding considering that on average consumers eat 225 pounds of meat and poultry and 187 pounds of vegetables each year.
Therefore, be FoodWise with easy tips from Tyson, including the 3 C's for Cooking Smart:
In addition to the 3 C's for Cooking Smart, remember the following food handling guidelines when you're entertaining during the holidays and all year round:
Keep It Cool
Keep your freezer set at 0 F. Your refrigerator temperature should be kept at 36-40¡F; use a thermometer to ensure it remains at the proper temperature.
Thaw frozen chicken and other meats on the lowest shelf of the refrigerator (to avoid drips) or under running cold water in the sink.
Allow a day or more for large items to thaw.
Clean It Right
Serving It Smart
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