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.
Check out this resource and video for more information on keeping your Valentine’s Day safe!