It is also important to thoroughly wash insulated lunch bags to prevent bacteria growth in them which can contaminate the contents.
Cook food to the proper temperature to kill harmful bacteria that cause foodborne illness. Use a clean food thermometer to measure the internal temperature of food such as meat, poultry, egg dishes and casseroles to be sure they are thoroughly cooked. Never eat raw eggs or anything containing raw eggs. If a recipe calls for raw eggs use a liquid pasteurized egg substitute.
Keep hot foods hot and cold foods cold. The ideal temperature for harmful bacteria to grow rapidly is between 40 degrees and 140 degrees F. Hot foods on a buffet table should be held at 140 degrees F or higher. Foods can be kept hot in slow cookers or warming trays.
Leftovers should be chilled within two hours. Divide food into shallow containers for more rapid cooling and then refrigerate. Never let raw meat, poultry, eggs, cooked food or cut up fruits and vegetables be at room temperature for more than two hours before refrigerating. Be sure the refrigerator is 40 degrees F or below. Do not overstuff the refrigerate preventing cold air from circulating around the food. Use an appliance thermometer to check the temperature inside the refrigerator.
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Chicken Caesar salad
This recipe makes 6 servings
12 ounces cooked leftover chicken breast or 1 pound raw chicken breasts
12 cups cut or torn romaine lettuce leaves
24 cherry tomatoes
1/2 cup reduce fat crumbled feta cheese
3 tablespoons olive oil
11/2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
Nutrition Information: This recipe makes 6 servings. Each serving contains approximately 199 calories and 10 grams fat.
IF YOU GO
Join Becky for cooking classes at Buy For Less and Uptown Grocery Co. Learn with Brunch featuring Creamed Beef on Toasted English Muffins and an Edible Watermelon Centerpiece at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at Uptown Grocery Co., 1230 W Covell Road, in Edmond. Learn with Lunch featuring Summer Salad, Pomadoro Chicken with Whole Wheat Pasta and Watermelon Cake at noon Aug. 14 at the Buy For Less at 3501 NW Expressway. Class size is limited, call 302-6273, ext. 332, for reservations.