Healthy Monday: Clean, Separate, Cook, Chill

logo-healthy_mondayThe four components to keeping food safe are clean, separate, cook, chill. Make sure to clean work surfaces, utensils, appliances, your hands and food completely before working with them. Separate raw meats, poultry, fish, and their juices from other food. Clean cutting boards, serving trays, hands, and utensils after they’ve been in contact with raw meats. Always cook food to the specified temperature and safely store leftovers.
Check that your refrigerator and freezer are set to the proper temperatures this Monday (refrigerator should be below 40°F and freezer below 0°F). Be aware of your kitchen practices for the rest of the week- make sure you are keeping raw foods separated and washing surfaces and cooking equipment thoroughly.

One Response to Healthy Monday: Clean, Separate, Cook, Chill

  1. Joey Lee says:

    Hi Cheryl,

    My name is Joey and I’m the partnerships manager at The Monday Campaigns. I just wanted to thank you for sharing our Healthy Monday tips so consistently! We’ve featured Be Active Decatur at the top right hand nav of our website. It’s the first item under News.

    I know you spoke briefly with two of my colleagues when you started posting the tips, but I’d love to have a quick call or email exchange so we can better coordinate outreach efforts. Please email me at and let me know when’s a good day and time.

    Looking forward to hearing your thoughts,


    Joey Lee
    Recipe Editor & Partnerships Manager
    The Monday Campaigns Inc.

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