Think you’re lowering your chances of getting food poisoning by avoiding restaurants and cooking at home? Think again! According to the Centers for Disease Control, nearly one out of every four victims of food poisoning gets it from a home-cooked meal! So take this quiz we found in Prevention magazine to test your food safety IQ.
- True or false? Frozen food stays good for as long as it’s kept in the freezer. Answer: TRUE! Foods frozen at zero degrees Fahrenheit are safe to eat indefinitely. That doesn’t mean they’ll taste good indefinitely. The flavor and texture may change.
- If you see a spot of mold on your cheddar cheese, you can just trim it off and it’ll be good as new. True or false? TRUE! A bit of mold on hard cheese like cheddar or parmesan can be trimmed off – just cut a one inch section around the mold. However, be careful not to touch the mold with your knife to prevent cross-contamination. If soft cheese has mold on it – like brie or cottage cheese - toss it. The mold can be thriving below the surface even if you can’t see it with the naked eye.
- Rinsing eggs before cracking them removes bacteria lurking on the shells. True or false? FALSE! By rinsing your eggs you eliminate the protective sanitized coating added to grocery store eggs.
- It’s best to thaw frozen chicken in the microwave. True or false? TRUE and FALSE! Microwave thawing is safe, but only if you plan to prepare the chicken immediately. Microwaving the chicken starts the cooking process, which can allow bacteria to grow. If you won’t be cooking immediately, let it thaw in the fridge.
- Leftovers should be frozen or refrigerated within two hours of cooking. True or false? TRUE! Two hours is the maximum time that foods can sit out at room temperature – and that includes the time the food spent on the table during your meal.