Take the guesswork out of Christmas entertaining – use a meat thermometer for great food cooked safely every time
The Food Safety Information Council, and Tonic Health Media, today launched their Christmas entertaining advice to urge consumers to buy a meat thermometer so they can avoid a bout of food poisoning this summer.
Council Chair, Rachelle Williams, said Christmas can be a recipe for disaster as we prepare fancy dishes we haven’t cooked before, overload our fridges in the heat and serve food to elderly, young and pregnant friends and relatives.
‘We know from our latest research that only 25% of Australian households own a meat thermometer and even fewer report using one in the previous month. You can’t tell if riskier foods like the Christmas turkey or rolled roasts are cooked to 75°C just by looking, you really need a meat thermometer.
‘If you already have a meat thermometer, rummage through that kitchen drawer and start to use it. If you don’t have one why not pick one up from your local home ware shop or hardware store while you are out Christmas shopping (and don’t forget a fridge thermometer too while you’re there). Thermometers don’t have to be expensive with some costing under $20 so they can make great presents too.
‘Then follow these simple food safety tips for Christmas and Summer entertaining:
Don’t forget the most important message of all, is to wash your hands in warm soapy water before preparing and cooking food, and after handling eggs, raw meat, particularly poultry, burgers and sausages.
For more Christmas and holiday entertaining tips click HERE