For Immediate Release: December 19, 2017
Union County, NJ – Making and sharing home-cooked food is an essential part of holiday celebrations for many households, and a few simple kitchen rules will help ensure that home-made meals, treats, snacks and edible gifts are safe and healthful.
The following tips are provided by nutrition experts from the Rutgers University Department of Food Science:
Wash hands and surfaces
Cook foods to a safe temperature
Properly storing and home-made food is another area of consideration. That includes keeping some foods properly chilled during transportation.
The experts also recommend washing all fruits and vegetables in clean water, and exercising precaution with certain foods including raw cookie dough and cake batter, raw fish, unpasteurized milk and cheese, bean sprouts, deli meats and hotdogs.
The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders partners with Rutgers University to bring science based health and wellness research to the community, by supporting the programs and activities of the Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Union County. The Extension offices are located in the Colleen Fraser Building in the Union County complex in Westfield, at 300 North Avenue East.
For more health and wellness tips visit online at the Union County website, ucnj.org/rce or call 908-654-9854. The Extension also offers popular programs for Union County residents including 4-H clubs for students in grades 1-12, Master Gardeners, Master Tree Stewards, and the new Environmental Stewards program.
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