How Clean is Your Kitchen? - The 2016 Old Farmer's Almanac

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Test your food safety knowledge with this food safety quiz! The full-length version can be found in The 2016 Old Farmer’s Almanac.

How Clean is Your Kitchen?

Q: How long is clean food safe in the refrigerator?

a. 1 to 2 days

b. 3 to 4 days

c.  5 to 6 days

A: b. As long as no bacteria have come into contact with the cooked leftovers, the food is safe for 3 to 4 days.

 

Q: It is safe to thaw frozen food on the counter: True or false?

A: False. Thaw food in the refrigerator, under cold running water, or in a microwave, as directed. Food thawed on the counter could be in the “danger zone” (between 40° and 140°F), enabling bacteria to grow rapidly.

A pretty clean kitchen…or so it seems…

Q: Food that falls on the floor is safe to eat after…

a.     5 seconds

b.     10 seconds

c.      1 minute

d.     None of the above

A: d. Bacteria can be transferred immediately upon contact. Toss it.

 

Q: If the power goes off, food in the refrigerator is safe for how long?

a.     4 hours

b.     8 hours

c.      12 hours

d.     16 hours

A: a. Also: Frozen food in a full freezer is safe for 48 hours; food in a half-full freezer is safe for 24 hours.

 

Q: When a hamburger turns brown in the middle, it is cooked to a safe internal temperature. True or false?

A: False. Visual cues do not indicate that food is properly cooked. Use a food thermometer to be sure that ground meat is at least 160°F inside.

Fully cooked hamburgers…. Or are they?

 

Q: You can partially cook food and finish cooking it later. True or false?

A: False. Partially cooking increases the risk of bacterial growth.

There are many more questions in this quiz on page 170 of this year’s Almanac. Get it today for this, weather, and many more interesting articles!

~ By  Almanac Staff

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