Independence day is a time to celebrate America, freedom, and to spend time with family. It can also be a time for dangers to be lurking in the mist of all the fun. From food to fireworks, there are many things to be cautious about this Fourth.
Keep cold foods cold! One of my favorite things to eat on Independence Day is my mom’s crab potato salad. I am sure there are things similar to potato salad that you enjoy having at your outdoor barbeque as well. But the best way to be food safe this Holiday is by keeping foods that should be cold, like potato salad, cold. Cold foods should be kept at 39°F or below. Anything above this would put the food in the temperature danger zone, 40°F - 140°F, which is a breeding ground for bacteria.
Keep hot foods hot! Foods that should be hot, like hamburgers and hot dogs, should be kept at a temperature above 140°F, otherwise they are in the temperature danger zone that bacteria thrive best in. Keep your family safe this Fourth by keeping foods that need to be hot, hot.
Don’t forget those that gave us our freedom! Freedom doesn’t come free and there are countless individuals that sacrifice every day that make sure we are safe and free. Thank you to all veterans, military, police, fire fighters, first responders, and their families for the work you do for our country. We can never thank you enough.
For more outdoor food safety information, visit the US Food & Drug Administration’s webpage.