Resources from the professionals — including cooking tips, food preparation, and safety in the kitchen — are available to help you create healthy and tasty meals for your residents.


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Meat-Grilling Tips

Reducing the Amount of HCAs and PAHs Outdoor grilling is a popular cooking method, primarily because of the wonderful taste it imparts on meats. It can also be a healthy alternative to other cooking methods, because some of the meat’s saturated fat content is reduced by the grilling process. However, grilling also presents a health […]

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Preventing Cross-Contact

Cross-Contamination vs. Cross-Contact Food poisoning often is what comes to mind when you hear the words home food safety. But for the 15 million Americans with food allergies, 3 million with celiac disease, and many more with other sensitivities, avoiding contact with an offending food is every bit as much of a concern. Coming into […]

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Food Allergies and Intolerances

Food Intolerances vs. Food Allergies Each year, millions of Americans have allergic reactions to food. Although slightly more common in young children and in people who have a family history, most food allergies develop early in life and many are outgrown. Food allergies occur when your body’s immune system reacts to a substance in a […]

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Minimum Safe Cooking Temps

Safe Minimum Cooking Temperatures Chart Follow these guidelines for Safe Minimum Cooking Temperatures for meat, poultry, seafood, and other cooked foods. Be sure to use a food thermometer to check whether meat has reached a safe internal temperature that is hot enough to kill harmful germs that cause food poisoning.

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Safe Food Storage

Are You Storing Food Safely? Whether putting food in the refrigerator, the freezer, or the cupboard, you have plenty of opportunities to prevent foodborne illnesses. The goal is to keep yourself and others from being sickened by microorganisms such as Salmonella, E. coli O157:H7, and C. botulinum, which causes botulism. Keeping foods chilled at proper temperatures is one […]

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Thanksgiving Food Safety

Stuffing/Dressing Safety Dressing or stuffing? No matter what you call it, people are passionate about it. Stuffing can be very personal, and everyone seems to have a favorite way to make it. The options are many. Chestnuts or oysters? Cornbread or white bread? We’re not going to debate the ingredients. Those are personal decisions and […]

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Summer Food Safety

Don’t Make Summer a Bummer! Summer picnics are lots of fun; don’t ruin the memory by coming down with food poisoning. Seventy-five to 80 million Americans will experience a few days of misery from foodborne illnesses this year, but for some, the consequences will be far worse. About 5,000 people die yearly from food poisoning, […]

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Slow Cooker Safety Tips

Never Jeopardize Safety for Convenience Slow cookers, also known as crockpots, offer convenience, time savings, lower electricity use, and great flavor. But there are some tips everyone should follow to make sure their food stays safe: • Make sure you start with clean equipment. • Thaw and cut all ingredients. Avoid frozen items and large-shaped […]

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Sponge and Dishcloth Safety

Yeast, Mold, and Staph Bacteria — Oh My! According to the NSF International survey of U.S. homes, 77% of sponges and dishcloths contained coliform bacteria, 86% had yeast and mold, and 18% were contaminated with Staph bacteria. These organisms can cause nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramps, diarrhea, headaches, and general fatigue. Nearly one in four of […]

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Produce Safety

Everything You Need to Know You can take adequate steps to select, store, and prepare your produce to lower the chance you will suffer a foodborne illness. Here are tips from  Purchase safely Purchase produce that is not bruised or damaged. When selecting fresh-cut produce – choose only those items that are refrigerated or […]

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Safe Food Handling

Prevent Foodborne Illness Safe steps in food handling, cooking, and storage are essential to prevent food-borne illness. You can’t see, smell, or taste harmful bacteria that may cause illness. Follow these 4 steps to keep food safe: • Clean — Wash hands and surfaces often • Separate — Don’t cross-contaminate • Cook — Cook to […]

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Proper Glove Use

Key Training Tips to Keep Your Food Safe According to the CDC, “Hand washing is the single most important means of preventing the spread of infection.” However, handwashing alone is not enough. Handwashing in combination with proper glove use is required for maximum safety. Protect Yourself and the Consumer • Washing hands thoroughly before and […]

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