Fact Sheet: Preparing, Cooking, & Storing Food Safely

Eating contaminated food can cause a foodborne illness, even death, especially for older adults. To reduce your risk of what is commonly known as food poisoning, it is important to follow food safety techniques during food preparation, cooking, and storing.

Safe Food Preparation


More on Food Thermometers….

Most people think they can tell when food is done by just looking at it. Judging “doneness” based on color is misleading and can lead to food poisoning. According to recent USDA research, 1 out of every 4 hamburgers turn brown in the middle before it has reached a safe internal temperature. Types of food thermometers include: digital, dial or instant-read thermometers, barbeque forks, and probes for the microwave or oven.

It is the metal stem on the thermometer that acts as a heat conductor to produce a reading of the internal food temperature. Some types of thermometers are oven-safe though it is best not to leave them in the food and instead periodically check food temperature while cooking. Accurate readings can be produced within 10 seconds to 2 minutes depending on the type of food thermometer.

Serving Food Safely

Safe Storage of Food

When in doubt, throw it out”