Food safety can be a problem at holidays with the amount of food that is prepared and the number of places where people bring food to special gatherings.

We have Christmas potlucks at all three of our houses and are diligient about keeping our resident safe. CDC estimates that 1 in 6 Americans get sick from eating contaminated food every year. 1

As you attend our potlucks or enjoy meals with friends and family this holiday season, take a look at these tips to keep everyone safe from food poisoning:


Wash your hands and surfaces often. It’s not enough to just wash your hands at the beginning of your food prep. Wash your hands with a good anti-bacterial to start, and do it a couple more times especially as you go from one food type to another.

Separate: Don’t Cross Contaminate

Germs, bacteria and viruses can spread quickly between various types of food, which is why you should keep them as separate as possible throughout the whole process of preparing and serving food.

Cook: To the Correct Temperature

We like to think that we can tell when something’s done but we need to be more objective when look raw meats and seafood. Invest in a good meat thermometer before you start your holiday cooking.


It may sound like we’re being a little paranoid here but all these steps are good practices to keep you safety, and to keep your loved ones safe.

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