Superbowl pregame coverage started at something like 6:00 am this morning and it’s on in the background at my house. Between helping the kids with Lego building and coloring I’ve seen segments on a former player who is now a high school principal; an NFL player who chose listening to an hour of Nickleback over “swimming everywhere you go”; and, an insightful interview with half-time performer Katy Perry where she reported that Seahawks (and former N.C. State) Quarterback Russell Wilson likes pizza.
Capitalizing on the Superbowl hysteria, Debbi Snook of cleveland.com has some football party food safety tips and a recipe for turkey chili from LeBron Jame’s former chef (how’s that for a title). The risk reduction tips aren’t bad (and are even in context for a party with guacamole). But the article fails to point to a safe temperature (165F) for ground turkey.
Did you know that fruit and vegetables pose 48 percent of foodborne illnesses? That means those veggie platters, dips and any cream-based foods deserve some extra scrutiny to keep your guests safe.
-Instead of refilling the same bowl of guacamole, divide it among a few smaller bowls to replace the one that becomes empty.
-Wash your hands frequently when cooking, and dry them on a clean towel.
-Ask someone else to cook if you’re under the weather.
– Wash your avocados with cold water and a scrub brush before peeling and slicing (for quality reasons, mainly -ben).
– Avert “double-dipping” violations by placing serving utensils such as spoons and tongs at each serving bowl.