Food Safety for your Big Game Part

Whether your hosting a party for the Super Bowl, World Series or college football, you'll be working to keep the table full and your guests satisfied.

To help you out, we'd like to share some great tips from the USDA to keep your food safe throughout the big game.

For example, chips, finger foods and dips are fan favorites, but these dishes involve a lot of people sharing communal items, which increases the risk of foodborne illness.

And if you serve buffet style, that means foods will be left out for long periods of time—all of these scenarios can be recipes for disaster.

This advice will help keep your game day food both safe and delicious.


Food safe homemade chicken wings

  • Make sure your frying oil temperature is 375 °F before starting to fry.
  • Before frying, pat dry the chicken wings to prevent oil splatter when submerged in hot oil.
  • Make sure not to overcrowd the chicken wings in the frying basket. If the wings are crowded, they can be undercooked.
  • To take a temperature of your wings, place them on a clean plate covered in paper toweling. Use a clean food thermometer to check the internal temperature, for food safety the temp should be 165 °F. You should measure several wings before you finish cooking each batch.
  • If the wings are below the minimum safe internal temperature of 165 °F submerge them again in the hot oil.

Food safe buffet

  • Keep hot food hot and cold food cold.
  • Hot foods must have a heat source to keep them at or warmer than 140 °F.
  • Cold foods should be kept on ice to remain at a safe temperature at or below 40 °F.
  • Perishable foods left out longer than two hours should be discarded and replenished with fresh servings.

Food safe kitchen towel

  • Wash your hands with soap and warm water for 20 seconds to avoid spreading bacteria to your towels.
  • Never reuse paper towels. This product is for single use only. When used multiple times, bacteria can find their way onto the towel and hitch a ride around the kitchen.
  • Kitchen towels build up bacteria after multiple uses. To keep the bacteria from getting the upper hand, you should wash your kitchen towels frequently in the hot cycle of your washing machine.

Enjoy a delicious - and safe! - game day feast!
 


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