Cooking chicken this summer: do it safely!

Many American households fire up the grill as summertime arrives. Whether cooking chicken on the grill or stove, a new study revealed that it’s important to do so safely. A study published in April 2020 by European scientists in the journal PLOS One suggests that consumers routinely fail to accurately judge doneness of chicken. Cooking […]

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Food Safety in the Time of COVID-19: Is meat safe?

Several very large beef, pork and poultry slaughter plants have shut down over recent weeks due, at least in part, to COVID-19.  This has led to a disruption in the supply chain. Is meat and poultry that we find in the grocery store still safe to prepare and eat? The Centers for Disease Control and […]

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Food Safety in the Time of COVID-19: Avoid this food safety mistake (#3)

We know that hand washing is important to help prevent illness.  What about washing meat, poultry and seafood? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that food safety mistake #3 is washing meat, chicken or turkey. Why it’s a mistake: Washing raw meat, chicken, turkey, or eggs can spread germs to your sink, countertops, […]

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The color of poultry

The color of raw chicken and turkey does not usually change as much as beef and other ‘red meats.’ Raw poultry can vary from a bluish-white to yellow. All of these colors are normal and are a direct result of breed, exercise, age, and/or diet. Younger poultry has less fat under the skin, which can […]

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Can you tell if meat is safe by looking?

While handling food safely using the 4 basic steps of cook, clean, chill and separate is important, we encourage consumers to also use their senses to guide decision-making.  Does the product look and smell OK? Often a bright, attractive color leads a consumer to choose a particular package of beef from the grocery store. So, […]

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Wash your hands, not your chicken.

This new year, let’s resolve to wash our hands, and not raw poultry! Rinsing chicken or turkey before cooking it is an ingrained step for many home cooks, passed down through generations and reinforced by some older cookbooks. Recipes like the “Perfect Roast Chicken” in “The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook” from 1999 advise cooks to “Rinse […]

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