Cook safe when prepping convenience foods

September is designated as Food Safety month, so it is a perfect time to share information about this important topic. Consumers of all ages need to improve their safe food handling practices. With only 61 percent of Americans following all package cooking instructions, and even less using a food thermometer (19 percent), this is a unique opportunity to help educate and inform consumers to “Cook It Safe.”

Pre-prepared meals are fast and convenient by design, but not taking the time to read the cooking instructions on the package can lead to undercooking. Not all of these foods can be cooked to a safe temperature in a microwave. Food poisoning can occur when food is not cooked evenly to a safe internal temperature high enough to destroy harmful bacteria that might be present.

Frozen convenience foods may appear ready-to-eat and simply in need of being reheated, but many contain raw products

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Cassy Joy Garcia offers a way to cook once, get 2 meals

NEW YORK (AP) — Some families just love leftovers. What’s easier than reheating and digging into yesterday’s meal? But that’s not Cassy Joy Garcia’s family: They’re not leftover fans.

So Garcia had to get creative for her latest cookbook, which offers busy home chefs a way to lower stress levels in the kitchen by transforming one meal into two different ones.

How she does it is by planning out two meals that usually share a protein. She cooks that meat, fish or poultry for one meal and sets aside extra for tomorrow’s dinner, which will have its own flavors.

“As we started to put that puzzle together of what it could look like, I started to realize we were gravitating toward something that I already do and have been using,” she says. “I’ve just never really thought about it as a formula.”

“Cook Once Dinner Fix: Quick and Exciting Ways

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