These food safety tools help keep food safe.
Cooking food, especially perishable foods such as meat and poultry, to the proper temperature is the best way to make sure food is safe to eat. Food thermometers are the best tools to check temperatures.
For safety, foods must be held at proper cold temperatures in refrigerators or freezers and they must be cooked thoroughly. Appliance thermometers are specially designed to measure the temperature of the air in either the refrigerator/freezer.
Research shows that plastic, wooden, and glass cutting boards may hide harmful germs. The number of germs depends on the type of board material, grooves in the surface, and how the board is cleaned. We recommend using at least two cutting boards: one strictly to cut raw meat, poultry, and seafood; the other for ready-to-eat foods, like bread and vegetables.
A timer is a reminder to check if something is done, but it can also be used to remind cooks to put food away. Many cooks leave food out to cool on the counter, only to discover it still sitting there the next morning. The FDA recommends that perishable left at room temperature for more than two hours be discarded. Bacteria grow most rapidly between 4.4 °C and 60°C, doubling in amount every 20 minutes.
Washing and scrubbing fruits and vegetables under running water is important to keeping food safe. Use a produce brush to scrub fruits and vegetables with firm skins to remove dirt and bacteria. An extra colander and produce brush may save time and help prevent cross-contamination.