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Holiday Cooking Food Safety Tips

As the cook for the Holiday meal, Food Safety is important.  University of Missouri Extension Nutrition Specialist, Janet Hackert says clean as you go, but be careful of cross contamination.  When you are working on the turkey, make sure the cutting board, knives, counter top, utensils and even the sink are cleaned before you move on to the next task.  And be careful to clean your sponge or dish cloth too.

For the dish cloth, keep it rinsed well and change it out regularly to ensure it is not harboring any dangers.  For the Sponge, Hackert says rinse several times in clean water and then while damp, put it in the microwave oven on the highest setting for one full minute and that will kill off any of those bad organisms.

Hackert says another good practice is to use a sanitizing solution to clean up periodically.

A little food safety is always a good idea.