Check Your Steps

A few weeks ago I learned from a friend about a new public service campaign by the USDA and Ad Council. The effort encourages at home cooks to “Check Your Steps” when preparing foods. The concept is simple and remembering each step can help keep our families healthier. The website lists and describes the four steps.

Clean kitchen surfaces, utensils, and hands with soap and water while preparing food.

Separate raw meats from other foods by using different cutting boards.

Cook foods to the right temperature by using a food thermometer.

Chill raw and prepared foods promptly.

We were very careful to follow these steps whenever we cooked meat, even before I formally knew of these four steps. They make sense, don’t they?