Valentine’s Day is a great time to share a meal with your loved ones. Whether it is a table for two or a quiet night in, preparing foods safely just might make or break the romantic evening. Following these food safety tips may help to keep your Valentine’s Day from going sour!
- Make sure your restaurant has a clean reputation! Before choosing a restaurant for the evening, look them up on your local city or area Food Inspection list! See if they passed the inspection for a clean safe food establishment before enjoying your evening.
- Always order food cooked thoroughly. Keep bacteria from interrupting a lovely evening. Cook or order all raw meat, poultry, eggs, and seafood to a safe internal temperature. Beef, pork, lamb, veal steaks, chops, and roasts should be cooked to an internal temperature of 145°F. Ground beef, pork, lamb, or veal should be cooked to a minimum temperature of 160°F. Poultry should be cooked to a safe minimum internal temperature of 165°F.
- Don’t forget to refrigerate your doggie bag leftovers! Leftovers for lunch is a great idea when you are on a budget or watching calories. However, can ruin a wonderful week! Remember to refrigerate foods within two hours and eat leftovers within three to four days.