The Lost Art Of Cooking: Food Safety Tips & Tech

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The Lost Art Of Cooking: Food Safety Tips & Tech

Americans Love To Eat, But Hate To Cook

  • More than 1 in 4 Americans don’t know how to cook
  • Americans spend more on eating out that buying groceries
  • In 2015, restaurant sales surpassed grocery sales for the first time
  • In January 2019, Grocery sales: $56 billion - Restaurant sales: $61 billion

Restaurant meals are about 3X as expensive as cooking at home - Learn to cook safely and save big!

Food Safety Basics: Clean, Separate, Cook, Chill

Clean

  • Wash your hands before and after touching food (Use warm, soapy water for at least 20 seconds)
  • Wash your tools and countertops after each food item (Use hot water and soap)
  • Rinse all produce, and clean cans and jars before opening

Separate

  • Separate raw meat and eggs in your shopping cart, bags, and fridge
  • Use a dedicated cutting surface for raw meat
  • Wash plates and tools used for raw meat before reuse

Cook

  • Just because a food is “done” doesn’t mean it’s safe to eat
  • Always heat raw meat, eggs, and other dishes to a safe temperature
  • Don’t let cooked foods sit - keep them hot until you’re ready to serve

Chill

  • Return food to the fridge or freezer quickly - within 2 hours of cooking
  • Thaw frozen foods in the fridge, under cold water, or in the microwave
  • Refrigerate raw meats while marinating - Never reuse marinades (Unless boiled after each use)

Temperature Matters

How To Check Food Temperature

  • Use a food thermometer to ensure food has reached a safe temperature
  • Check food in several places to ensure it’s cooked evenly
  • Calibrate your thermometer in ice water, adjusting the reading to 32℉
  • Keeping foods at the right temperature ensures they’re safe to eat

Minimum Safe Temperature

Cooking:

  • Steaks, roasts, and chops (beef, pork, lamb, and veal): 145 °F
  • Ground meat (beef, pork, lamb, and veal) and eggs: 160 °F
  • Poultry, casseroles, and leftovers: 165 °F

Keep Warm:

  • Keep cooked foods hot until served, at least 140 ℉
  • An Instant Pot or Slow Cooker takes the guesswork out of cooking - And keeps dishes hot (and safe) until you’re ready to serve

Storage:

Learning to cook can be daunting, but new tech makes it easier than ever!

Start Cooking Today

Taylor Digital Measuring Cup:

  • Combined digital scale and measuring cup - Holds up to 4 cups, or 6.6 lbs
  • Easily convert weight and volume measurements for better accuracy
  • WiFi-connected, compatible with iOS, Android, Alexa, and Google Home
  • Syncs with recipe app to adjust measurements and find substitutions

Hiku Fridge Magnet:

  • Scans barcodes or recognizes your voice to build grocery list
  • Syncs with mobile app and online shopping cart

Days Ago Tracker:

  • Attach the tracker to open jar or container of leftovers with suction cup
  • Digital tracker records how many days have passed

Range Dial Grill Pro:

  • Thermometer wirelessly connects to your phone to monitor cooking temp
  • Alerts you when safe temp is reached using preset for type of meat

There’s An App For That

Project Foodie:

  • Recipes and video tutorials from celebrity chef Daniel Holzman
  • Easily adjust serving sizes and creates an instant grocery list
  • See what tools you need and get recommendations on what to buy

SideChef:

  • Plan your weekly meals and organize your favorite recipes
  • Create a shopping list and order delivery from within the app
  • Learn from how-to videos, audio guides, and illustrated tutorials

Chef Tap:

  • Curate your favorite recipes from any website, blog, or family cookbook
  • Access anywhere from desktop, tablet, or phone - Online or offline
  • Build grocery list and adjust serving size in the app

Substitutions:

  • Database of ingredient substitutions to customize any recipe
  • Personalize to fit your diet with vegan, gluten-free, and other filters
  • Don’t have the right tools? Find alternatives and tricks

Cooking Times:

  • Combination calculator and timer helps you get it right every time
  • Select the type of dish, cooking temp, and size or quantity
  • Use recommended timer or edit and create your own

  • Updated December 10, 2019
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Barbara Whitney
 

For the last 20 years, I’ve been cooking, preparing, researching, and gathering recipes, tools, and knowledge about food and the way we prepare it. Raising two lively boys and spoiling one great husband later, it’s safe to say that I’ve optimized my kitchen to deliver the best possible meal, no matter the occasion.

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