Eating out is fun...but getting sick from restaurant foods isn't! Read on to learn what you can do to keep restaurant and take-out foods safe to eat.
If the dining room doesn't look clean, leave! It's likely the kitchen isn't clean either.
Order foods cooked thoroughly—no rare meats or runny eggs.
If you're not sure how a food is prepared, ask!
Ask for hot foods to be served piping hot; if they are not served hot, ask for them to be reheated.
At fast-food restaurants, special order your food so that it's made fresh. This way you won't eat something that has been sitting around too long.
Stay away from uncooked or undercooked foods such as:
Clams and oysters
Soft-boiled or sunny-side-up eggs
Caesar salad dressing
Dessert mousse and tiramisu
Label containers with the date.
Refrigerate leftovers within two hours; if you can't, don't take the food home.
Use the leftovers within three days or throw the food out!
What about take-out foods?
It's best to eat your take-out meal as soon as possible after picking it up from the restaurant. Refrigerate leftovers within two hours of picking it up and then reheat.
Take out stuffing (if there is any).
Separate meats, vegetables, and sauces, if possible.
Divide food into small portions and place in shallow containers.
Cover food loosely with plastic wrap or aluminum foil; when cool, you may cover with a fitted lid.
Reheat solid foods to an internal temperature of 165°F—the food should be steaming and not have cold spots.
Reheat liquids to a boil.
Reheat foods in dishes, not in plastic containers.