Most Common Food Safety Mistakes Among Home Cooks

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Wash your hands before cooking to prevent the spread of germs.

Use separate cutting boards for raw meat and vegetables to avoid cross-contamination.

Don't use the same plate or utensils for raw and cooked meat to prevent cross-contamination.

Don't wash raw chicken or turkey, as it can spread bacteria and pathogens.

Thaw meat in the refrigerator, under cold running water, or as part of the cooking process to prevent bacterial growth.

Use a meat thermometer to ensure your meat is cooked thoroughly and food-safe.

Don't cook raw food in the microwave, as it can lead to undercooking and bacterial growth.

Cool warm food before putting it in the refrigerator to prevent bacterial growth.