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Keep bacteria off your holiday guest list! Safe food-handling tips for Christmas


Last updated 12/2/2006 at Noon

Christmas is coming, when family and friends will come together to celebrate. Food safety is very important because large amounts of food are often prepared and served. Here are a few safety tips to prevent microscopic guests from joining your party:

• PLAN: Plan ahead. Decide how much food can be safely served. Take into account the cooking and refrigerator space. Thinking of defrosting a frozen turkey? Plan ahead for safe, slow thawing in the refrigerator. A large turkey requires at least 24 hours for every five pounds of weight.

• CLEAN: Wash your hands before and after handling fo...

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