HANDLE FOOD SAFELY TO AVOID ILLNESS
At this time of the year people are cooking more for family and friends so here are some tips to keep food fresher and safer. Freeze leftovers and freshly prepared casseroles, soups and sauces right away. Food left on the counter to cool are a food safety risk. There is little difference in the nutritional value of fresh or plain frozen food including vegetables and fruit. In addition to purchasing frozen vegetable and fruit, if your grocery store or market has a really good sale on fresh produce, purchase extra to freeze and enjoy at a later date. Food kept at -18ºC will be safe if stored within a reasonable time. The taste and texture of frozen foods can suffer from lengthy freezing times. Once thawed, treat frozen food like fresh food that can spoil.