Kitchen Food Safety
Basics of Kitchen Food Safety: Clean, Separate, Cook, Chill
Learn the about the basics of food safety in the kitchen. The four simple concepts: clean, separate, cook and chill can help prevent foodborne illness.
- Spring Clean Your Way into a Safer Kitchen (Partnership for Food Safety Education)
- Cleaning and Sanitizing the Kitchen - using inexpensive household food-safe products (The Ohio State University) (PDF 1.6 MB)
- Clean, Separate, Cook and Chill (Canadian Partnership for Consumer Food Safety Education).
- Five Keys to Safer Food Manual (World Health Organization PDF 3,936 KB)
- Food Safety Education - the Four Messages: Clean, Separate, Cook, Chill (USDA)
- Washing Food - Does it Promote Food Safety? (USDA)
- Kitchen Companion - Your Safe Food Handbook (USDA)
- Fight BAC! (Partnership for Food Safety Education)
- UC Food Safety in the Kitchen Publications
Holiday Food Safety
- Food Safety Tips for your Holiday Season (FightBac.org) (PDF 2.6 MB)
- The Story of Your Dinner - Turkey Handling and More (FightBac.org) (PDF 2.1 MB)
- Holidays: FoodSafety.gov - Useful information about food safety for all holidays. Includes:
- Talking Turkey - information for a safe holiday feast (FightBac.org)
- Cranberry Sauce Recipe - Selecting, Preparing, and Canning Fruit (National Center for Home Food Preservation)
- Handling ingredients (FightBac.org)
- Thanksgiving Food Safety (Foodsafety.gov)
Packing a Safe Lunch
Packing a safe lunch for our little ones is just as important as packing a lunch that is nutritious. The web pages below discuss food safety tips for the lunch box.
- The Lunch Box Series, C: Safe Lunches for Preschool Children (UC Pub PDF 2335 KB) Tips on keeping food safety in mind when you put together your preschooler's nutritious sack lunch. In English and Spanish (La Lonchera: Cómo empacar almuerzos seguros para niños preescolares PDF 1290 KB).
- Back to School Food Safety Tips for Parents and Students (USDA)
- Eating Outdoors - Handling Food Safely (FDA)
- An Ounce of Prevention Keeps the Germs Away (CDC PDF 3,187 KB)
Kitchen Appliances and Tools
How to properly use thermometers to determine the temperature of household refrigerators, freezers, ovens, and microwaves.
- Appliances and Thermometers (USDA)
- Calibrating a Thermometer (USDA)
- Calibrating Thermometers in Boiling Water: Boiling Point / Atmospheric Pressure / Altitude Tables (Dr. O. Peter Snyder, Hospitality Institute of Technology and Management) (PDF 98 KB)
- Creating a Properly Made Ice Bath (ThermoWorks)
- How to Calibrate a Meat Thermometer (Video) (UC Davis & North American Meat Institute for the Meat News Network)
- Kitchen Thermometers (USDA)
- Microwave Ovens and Food Safety (USDA)
- Mobile Apps for iPhone and Android - Ask Karen & FoodKeeper (USDA FSIS)
- Refrigerator & Freezer Thermometers (USDA)
- Slow Cooker Food Safety (PDF 373 KB, USDA)
- The Expert's Guide to Food Thermometers (Video) (UC Davis & North American Meat Institute for the Meat News Network)
- Thermometer Calibration Guide - Graphic (Kansas State University) (PDF 125 KB)
- Thermometer Calibration Guide (Kansas State University) (PDF 172 KB)