Holiday Food Safety

November 12, 2014 at 12:38 pm | No comment | Category: family safety, Liability, Policyholder

As the holidays approach, having the right food safety plans in place can protect your health, save you time and save you money. There are a number of things that can occur during this time, especially in inclement weather. Having the right Florida homeowners insurance policy in place to assist while using the right food safety tips can give you peace of mind. Click the image above to learn more. Here are a few:

The Sink

Wash your hands with hot water and soap for at least 30 seconds before and after handling any food


Sponges are known for harboring bacteria.  Eliminate or limit their use.

Counter Tops

Wash food-contact surfaces with hot soapy water after preparing each food item.

Cutting Boards

Use only 1 cutting board for foods that will be cooked, and another for foods that will not.

Turkey Temps

The proper temperature for a turkey is important. Use a thermometer to make sure meat is thoroughly cooked: 180 degrees for Turkey and 165 degrees for the stuffing.


Properly defrost frozen items in the refrigerator, under cold running water, or in the microwave…never at room temperature.


Make sure your refrigerator is set at 40 degrees or less.

Questionable Food

Don’t taste food that looks questionable.  When in doubt, throw it out.

Serving Temps

Keep hot foods above 140 degrees and put leftovers in the refrigerator as quickly as possible.  The “Danger Zone” for bacteria growth is between 140 and 40 degrees.


Leftovers should be used within 3 to 4 days unless frozen.


Bring sauces and gravies to a rolling boil when reheating.

Egg Nog

When making your own eggnog, use only pasteurized shell eggs, liquid or frozen pasteurized egg products, or powdered egg whites to avoid salmonella.

This season, while you’re in the kitchen, at the table, or on the couch, make sure everything your family eats is safe and delicious!

Make sure the rest of your house is safe for guests of all ages.  Download our House Guest Hazards Tip Sheet: 


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