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Food Safety Tips For Successful Grilling

July 15, 2022

The Three Food Safety Tips are:

Wash Your Hands

Inadequate handwashing is a contributing factor to many illnesses, including foodborne illness. It is important to follow proper handwashing steps before, during, and after preparing food to prevent bacteria from transferring from your hands to your meal.

Recent USDA consumer research (January 2020-2021) showed that 56% of participants didn’t attempt to wash their hands during meal preparation. In addition, roughly 95% of participants failed to wash their hands properly.

There are five steps for proper handwashing: wet hands, lather with soap, scrub for 20 seconds, rinse, and dry.

Use a Food Thermometer

Always use a food thermometer to check the internal temperature of your food to determine if it is safe to eat. Insert the thermometer into the thickest part of the meat, through the side, for the most accurate temperature reading. Use a food thermometer to ensure the following foods have reached their safe internal temperature:

Beef, pork, lamb and veal steaks, chops and roasts: 145 F with a 3-minute rest
Fish: 145 F
Egg dishes: 160 F
Ground meats (beef, pork, lamb and veal): 160 F
All poultry (whole or ground): 165 F

Avoid Cross-Contamination

While preparing your meal this Memorial Day, be sure to keep your raw meat separate from your fruits and vegetables. Raw meat and poultry can carry bacteria that causes foodborne illness. To reduce the risk of cross-contamination, USDA recommends using separate cutting boards: one for raw meat and poultry, and another for fruits and vegetables.

We sure hope these food safety tips help you have a very enjoyable celebration with family and friends this summer.

A very useful item I learned about and need to pass along.

Everyone has a freezer - right? Every year at least one family calls to say their freezer went out and they have lost all their food. That is horrible!

Here at the farm we have a large walk-in freezer and we have a devise that monitors the temperature to make sure all is well. Our monitor is expensive and not adapted to household use.

Now, there is a really cool gadget called SensorPush. It is a wireless sensor with alerts for monitoring temperature, humidity and more that also syncs to an app on your phone so that you can see your freezer's temperature in real-time. It will also alert you when your freezer rises above 25 degrees, or whatever temperature you want to set it to. Talk about having some peace of mind! Check our SensorPush!

Maybe you been looking for premium ALL NATURAL GOODNESS of beef, pork, chicken, and eggs raised on pasture as God intended - without growth hormones, drugs, chemicals, and antibiotics - and raised humanely then you have come to the right farm. Our delivery schedule and product availability is listed below along with order buttons that will take you to our website where you can browse over 90 product choices and place your order from the convenience of your home. It's that simple!

Ben Simmons

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