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Food safety at home

Food safety at Christmas

In addition to the food safety tips below, help prevent food poisoning over the Christmas period by:

  • making a food plan for Christmas dinner and the few days after, to make the most of leftovers while ensuring they remain safe to eat
  • clear out your fridge / freezer to make room for Christmas food shop, and reduce the risk of food being stored incorrectly

Food safety tips

Follow these food safety tips to help prevent food poisoning:

  • when shopping for food, take enough shopping bags to the shop to ensure that cooked and raw food are stored separately
  • buy a fridge thermometer to ensure that your fridge is cold enough (0 - 5°C) 
  • give frozen meat enough time to defrost in a fridge or cool place – allow 10 to 12 hours of defrost time per kg
  • check safety information on food labels before preparing it
  • wash your hands before and throughout all food preparations
  • don't wash raw poultry and other meat
  • use different utensils, plates and chopping boards for raw, ready-to-eat and cooked food. If you can't use different utensils, wash them thoroughly between tasks.
  • ask the butcher to cut the meat into smaller pieces so that you can put it straight in the oven when you need to
  • use a food thermometer to check that meat reaches 75°C in the thickest part
  • cook stuffing in a separate roasting tin; stuffing inside the turkey adds cooking time
  • put leftovers in fridge within 2 hours, and eat them within 2 days or put them in freezer and only reheat once
  • if you're having a buffet, keep chilled foods out of fridge for the shortest time possible, and no longer than 4 hours
  • if you've had enough of cooking and fancy a takeaway, make an informed decision about the outlet's food and hygiene safety using the Government of Jersey's Eat Safe food safety scheme
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