Food Preparation and Safety

Basic Food Handling Facts Sheets

USDA. Food Safety and Inspection Service

Safe food handling, cooking, and storage guidelines to prevent food borne illness.


Barbecue Food Safety (PDF | 35 KB)

USDA. Food Safety and Inspection Service.

Find important information on grilling, including food safety concerns and health concerns.


Check Your Steps Image Check Your Steps

USDA. FDA. CDC. National Institute of Health

Most effective ways to help reduce the risk of food poisoning.


Cooking a World of New Tastes - Cooking with Moist Heat (PDF | 460 KB)

USDA. Food and Nutrition Service.

Explores cooking with moist heat, including steaming, glazing, boiling, braising, and more.


Cooking a World of New Tastes - Cooking With Skill (PDF | 648 KB)

USDA. Food and Nutrition Service.

Basic culinary skills of proper knife skills, knife safety, and knife cuts that make foods appealing. Designed for food professionals but useful for anyone.


Cooking for Groups: A Volunteer's Guide to Food Safety

USDA. Food Safety and Inspection Service.

Provides guidance for volunteers to prepare and serve food safely for large groups such as family reunions, church dinners, or community gatherings, whether prepared at the volunteer's home and brought to the event, or prepared and served at the gathering. Includes information on planning, shopping, storing, preparing, transporting, reheating and serving food.


Cooking Safely in the Microwave Oven (PDF | 66 KB)

USDA. Food Safety and Inspection Service.

Provides general information on food safety when using a microwave such as reheating and defrosting.


Egg Products Preparation

USDA. Food Safety and Inspection Service.

Fact sheets on egg products, egg preparation and food safety.


Temperature Reading Image Is It Done Yet? Thermometer Placement and Temperatures

USDA. Food Safety Inspection Service.

Find information on the proper way to test the temperature of cooked foods including thermometer placement (along with images) and safe internal cooking temperatures.


Meat Preparation

USDA. Food Safety and Inspection Service.

Find out how to safely prepare all types of meats, including beef, bison, pork, veal, lamb, goat, rabbit, and more.


Poultry Preparation

USDA. Food Safety and Inspection Service.

Find out how to safely prepare all types of poultry, including game poultry. Offers a special section on turkey.


Rinsing Vegetables Image Raw Produce, Selecting and Serving it Safely

DHHS. Food and Drug Administration

Advice on the safe handling of fresh fruits and vegetables.


Should I Eat the Fish I Catch? A Guide to Healthy Eating of the Fish You Catch (PDF | 157 KB)

US Environmental Protection Agency.

Information on reducing health risks from eating fish that might contain pollutants. Also includes proper way to clean and cook fish to reduce adverse health effects.