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Healthy Holidays: Serving Safe Appetizers

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010  |  Posted by Toby Amidor  /  Filed under Ask Toby, Food Safety  /  Comments: 1
Question: How long can food stay out when you are serving appetizers? Answer: Holiday parties are always exciting! Making sure your guests go home happy (and don’t become sick) is important—here are a few things to keep in mind. The Problem
Typically appetizers are served buffet-style and remain at room temperature for several hours—a perfect temperature for bacteria to grow and cause illness. Even though…

Defrosting Food Safely

Monday, July 19th, 2010  |  Posted by Toby Amidor  /  Filed under Ask Toby, Food Safety  /  Comments: more
Question: Is it safe to defrost food out of the refrigerator?   Answer: No—there are several safe ways to defrost meats, but leaving them out on the countertop can potentially make you sick.   Bacteria thrive at temperatures between 41 to 135 degrees Fahrenheit—the exact temperature of your kitchen. Leaving meat out for numerous hours to defrost gives bacteria the perfect environment to grow to such…

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