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Safety First When Packing Food to Go

The fall season brings with it many opportunities for “food to go.” But whether you are packing up some faves for tailgating or treats for a holiday party, it is important that you  keep food safety in mind to avoid food-borne illnesses.

Here are some tips for cooking and preparing food-on-the-go, provided by US News and World Report and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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Handling

Safe handling is always important, but it’s an even bigger priority when you’re away from your kitchen, without the benefit of your fridge and oven to control food temperatures. The key is to plan ahead to keep food safe until eaten. According to the Department of Agriculture, the golden rule is to keep cold foods cold — below 40 degrees, and keep hot foods hot — above 140 degrees. Keeping cold food cold means you’ll need to use a cooler with cold packs or lots of ice, and keep it in the shade. Foods that don’t need to be stored in the cooler include whole fresh fruits and vegetables, nuts, and peanut butter and jelly.

Cooking

If you’ll be cooking, such as grilling, at the venue, carry raw food in its own cooler, double wrapped in plastic to contain any juices. Bring disposable wipes for hand washing. If you’re taking food to a friend’s home for a BBQ, for instance, keep meat and poultry refrigerated until ready to put on the grill. Since food may brown before it’s cooked through, test with an instant-read thermometer for safety.

Best Internal Temperature for Cooked Meats

Red meat: 145 degrees

All ground meat: 160 degrees

Poultry: 165 degrees

If cooking in batches, place cooked meats off to the side of the grill rack or in a 200-degree oven until serving. And, of course, never use the same platter and utensils for raw and cooked meat and poultry.

One final note: Any leftover food is safe to take home only if it was kept in a cooler, and the cooler still had ice in it.

Do you have any other “tailgating tips?” Feel free to share them in the comments below

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