Food Preparation and Safety

Basics for Handling Food Safely

USDA. Food Safety and Inspection Service

Learn how to handle, cook, and store food safely to prevent foodborne 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

Reduce the risk of food poisoning with these tips.


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

USDA. Food Safety and Inspection Service.

Prepare and serve food safely for large groups such as family reunions, church dinners, and community gatherings.


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

USDA. Food Safety and Inspection Service.

Learn how to safely use a microwave for cooking tasks, like reheating or defrosting.


Egg Products Preparation

USDA. Food Safety and Inspection Service.

Find 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.

Learn how to test the temperature of cooked foods, including where to place the thermometer and what temperature to cook to.


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.


freshpear Raw Produce: Selecting and Storing it Safely

DHHS. FDA. Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition.

Follow-these safe handling-tips when buying, storing, and preparing 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.

Learn when it is safe to eat fish you catch and how to clean and cook fish to reduce adverse health effects.


To Your Health! Food Safety for Seniors

DHHS. FDA. Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition; USDA. Food Safety and Inspection Service.

Find food safety practices and risks for the elderly. Also in PDF|1.9 MB and in Spanish.


Food Product Dating

USDA. Food Safety and Inspection Service.

Learn what the "sell by" date means for food safety.


Food Safety at Home

DHHS. Food and Drug Administration.

Learn food safety techniques such as purchasing safe food, practicing safe handling while in the kitchen, and properly storing food and leftovers. Also available in PDF|120 KB.


Playing It Safe With Eggs

DHHS. FDA. Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition.

Learn how to select, cook, and store eggs to avoid contamination and complications with foodborne illness.