Highlights - Holiday Goodies
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Happy holidays! This season of goodwill and giving thanks is also a festive celebration of food. Make this holiday feasting season a healthy one by keeping foods safe.
Preventing foodborne illness is easy as...
|1. Clean||Wash hands and surfaces often.|
|2. Separate||Don't cross-contaminate.|
|3. Cook||Cook to proper temperatures.|
|4. Chill||Refrigerate promptly.|
For more information about the 4 Simple Steps to Food Safety, see Lifelong Food Safety.
During the holidays, there are lots of delicious foods to choose from. Some of these foods may contain raw or lightly-cooked eggs. Bacteria might be inside some raw eggs, but you can safely enjoy these foods by simply cooking raw eggs and egg-containing foods thoroughly.
|Chocolate, macaroons, and gingerbread...
Treat yourself to freshly-baked treats, but avoid taste testing raw cookie dough, cake batter, or pie filling if they contain raw eggs.
If any of your holiday recipes call for raw or lightly-cooked eggs, you can:
- Use store-bought products of the foods listed above, which are often already cooked or pasteurized.
- Make recipes that call for raw eggs safer by adding the eggs to the amount of liquid called for in the recipe, then heating the mixture thoroughly. See Quick Recipe Fixes below.
- Purchase pasteurized eggs. These eggs are heat-processed to kill harmful bacteria. They can be found in some supermarkets and are labeled "pasteurized." Here are several types consumers can buy:
- Fresh, pasteurized eggs in the shell (found in the refrigerator section).
- Liquid, pasteurized egg products (found in the refrigerator section).
- Frozen, pasteurized egg products (found in the frozen food section).
- Powdered egg whites (found in the baking section).
Quick Recipe Fix
(Chocolate Mocha Mousse)
Quick Recipe Fix
(Custard or Cream Pies)
Nothing inspires the holiday mood more than the pleasant scents of vanilla and nutmeg! To start your holiday celebration, try this safe recipe for eggnog. Or, make a toast to the season using store-bought, pasteurized eggnog! Cheers!
Calories: 135 per ½ cup
Cholesterol: 120 mg per ½ cup
Yield: 2 quarts
'Tis the Season to Chill!
Bacteria can multiply quickly in moist desserts that contain dairy products. Cold temperatures keep most harmful bacteria from multiplying, so keep these foods refrigerated:
- Cream pies, cakes with whipped-cream and cream cheese frostings, and other creamy desserts
- Cold pasta dishes with meat, poultry, seafood, or dairy products. Quiches and soufflés, especially if you aren't serving them immediately.
- Reheat them to 165° F (74° C) before serving. Use a food thermometer to check.
How can you be sure that food arrives safely during holiday shipping? The key is careful planning...
A Perishable Food Gift....
Tips for MAIL-ORDER FOOD GIFTS
When you send food via a mail-order company, be sure to specify overnight delivery, and request that the company supply a frozen gel-pack or dry ice in the packaging. This will help ensure that the food will arrive at your destination firm and refrigerator cold.
A Perishable Food Gift...