Stay Merry with these Nine Safe Holiday Food Tips

img_8909Follow these tips to stay food safe this holiday season whether you are making a Christmas ham, Kwanzaa jerk chicken or Hanukkah latkes.

  1. Use a chafing dish to keep hot foods at (+135°F) or above.
  2. Use ice bowls to keep food cold (-41°F).
  3. Refrigerate leftovers within two hours of preparation.
  4. Reheat leftovers quickly and thoroughly to 165°F.
  5. Bake cookies according to instructions It’s temping, but don’t eat the raw dough!
  6. Prevent colds from spreading to your food. Keep sticky fingers out of the kitchen and cover foods if possible.
  7. Wash all fresh produce before cutting or consuming.
  8. Wash your hands before, during and after food prep.
  9. If frying foods, be aware of the cooking times needed to make sure food are fully cooked and ready for consumption. Find out where to properly dispose of the cooking oil after use here.

What food tips or recipes do you have to share with us? Comment below!

Happy Holidays from Environmental Health Services!

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Keep the Food Tricks Out of “Trick-or-Treating” this Halloween

halloweendessertHalloween can be a fun and spooky time of year for all with sweet treats and parties and the grand event of trick-or-treating.

To make sure this year’s trick-or-treating experience stays fun, Environmental Health Services recommends the following food safety tips for your scary celebration.

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A Sustainable Sweetheart Celebration

heartsBy Kathryn Cooke, Pollution Prevention Specialist, San Mateo County Environmental Health

Like most couples, my fiancé always celebrated Valentine’s Day by presenting me with sweet smelling lilies and roses, a card filled with kind words, and a variety of pink and red balloons. The aroma of flowers would fill the air with the smell of love and the balloons were a cheerful and festive decoration to wake up to in the morning and to come home to in the evening. Continue reading

Glisten Your Holiday Green

make your holidays a little greener

Make your holidays a little greener.

Spice up your holiday season with some sustainability cheer this year! From eco-friendly gift wrapping to environmentally conscious decoration tips, read on for how to minimize your environmental impact while making the most out of your holiday with family and friends.

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