7 Food Safety Tips to Follow During the Holidays

Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.346.1799

We are all busy with holiday parties as it is the season to gather with colleagues, friends and family to eat drink and be merry. With so many events and holiday foods to indulge you must remain mindful of food poisoning and illnesses can be serious. So don’t spoil your holiday, follow these 7 safety tips from MedSpring Urgent care:

1. Never allow unrefrigerated food to set our more than 2 hours

2. To prevent contamination always provide serving spoons or tongs with all dishes offered

3. No double dipping! Good way to give others germs and bacteria

4. Do not eat cookie dough (it contains raw eggs – salmonella bacteria)

5. Use pasteurized eggs if you make eggnog which you heat to 160 degrees and refrigerate immediately

6. If you want apple cider use only pasteurized

7. In 3-4 days eat all refrigerated leftovers

The holidays are here and you don’t want to be sick and miss out on all the fun! Don’t be one of the estimated 48 million who endure food poisoning. Follow these safety tips and stay healthy, happy and wise!!  This community service announcement is brought to you by Dorie Dillard, your NW Austin real estate professional with Coldwell Banker United Realtors®.

If you are thinking of buying or selling real estate in NW Austin I’d welcome the opportunity to discuss how I can help. Twenty Five years of successful representation for both buyers and sellers allows me to offer excellent service. My dedication and determination will be an asset in reaching your goals.

I have systems in place, references and am a good listener and communicator.  I would be honored to schedule time to see if we are a good match. Reach out to me at 512-346-1799 or dillard@reloaustin.com. I offer you hands on Professional guidance for all your real estate needs.

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Dorie Dillard
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.346.1799 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Hi Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, Broker, Tacoma Washington : Thank you!

Hi Nina Hollander : You too!

Hi Brian England : I agree!

Hi Scott Godzyk : Yikes 4 hours left out I would be hesitant to eat it!

Hi Wayne Martin : It is the time for food and drink and spreading Christmas cheer but have to be careful of food left out too long!

Dec 17, 2016 06:22 AM #9
Dorie Dillard
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.346.1799 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Hi Harry F. D'Elia : There is a reason your grandmother slapped your hand :) LOL!

Hi Gita Bantwal : Thank you!

Hi Nick & Trudy Vandekar : Thank you for stopping by!

Dec 17, 2016 06:24 AM #10
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Dorie. Your tips are very important and I love the picture of the little one.

Dec 17, 2016 06:41 AM #11
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo & Home Sale Specialists

Such an important message you are bringing us this morning Dorie...

Dec 17, 2016 07:45 AM #12
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

I had an aunt that kept leftovers for days and days. She developed stomach cancer so I have to wonder if that was the cause. Have a good weekend.

Dec 17, 2016 07:53 AM #13
Michael Jacobs
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena Area Real Estate 818.516.4393

Good morning, Dorie --- while I know the "real thing" is not good for us, I guess I'll just have to add Ben & Jerry's Cookie Dough Ice Cream to my shopping list to satisfy the craving you put into my head with this post.  

Dec 17, 2016 08:03 AM #14
Sussie Sutton
UTR Texas Realtors - Pearland, TX
UTR TEXAS Realtors - Rep for buyers and sellers.

Great re-post!  This reminded me to clean out my frige today. Doing that task is like HAVING to file paperwork. It is easier as out of the frig and straight into the trash.

Dec 17, 2016 08:11 AM #15
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi Dorie - anyone cooking should take a serve safe course.  It is required for those in the restaurant industry.

Dec 17, 2016 08:29 AM #16
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Dorie Dillard, You are a gal after my on heart.  I get so worry at parties of the way food can be handle but that is because of my bach round in therestaurant field for years.


Dec 17, 2016 08:33 AM #17
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

I'm very cautious as to how long food sits out and how long I will keep it afterwards. Great tips Dorie!

Dec 17, 2016 08:39 AM #18
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

Thanks Dorie, we eat fresh food daily so we never make enough to have leftovers more than one day. Fish of course is never leftowver, and all cookies are eaten as soon as I see them.

Dec 17, 2016 08:40 AM #19
Ed Silva
RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Some great tips on food safety.  Any dairy product is suspect and should not be left out very ling, and thrown away if left out too long

Dec 17, 2016 11:01 AM #20
Carol Williams
U.S.: I specialize in helping agents who have been in the business 2 years or less create a thriving business. - Wenatchee, WA
"Customized Mentoring & Marketing Services"

What a cute chef!  Great tips, Dorie!

Dec 17, 2016 12:41 PM #21
John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

Dorie Dillard These are excellent list of food safety tips for the Holidays.

Dec 17, 2016 03:59 PM #22
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

I also cook my stuffing outside of the bird.  They say the temperature the turkey or chicken gets, rarely gets hot enough in the center to kill all the germs that can proliferate in stuffing.

Dec 17, 2016 05:14 PM #23
Jeff Dowler
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude - Carlsbad

These are so useful, Dorie. It's easy to get forgetful or careful at this time of year with all the food and celebrating round.

Happy Holidays!


Dec 17, 2016 05:17 PM #24
Robert Vegas Bob Swetz
Realty ONE Group - Las Vegas, NV
Las Vegas Henderson Homes for Sale

Hello Dorie

Great post for the Holidays ahead and featured to the group:

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Dec 17, 2016 07:02 PM #25
Laura Allen, Lake Tahoe - Truckee Real Estate for Sale www.TahoeLauraLuxuryHomes.com
Coldwell Banker, Tahoe City, CA (530) 414-1260 - Tahoe City, CA
Tahoe Real Estate Agent Helping Buyers and Sellers

Dorie Dillard - Great tips for a healthy holiday when it comes to food and keeping everyone well!

Dec 18, 2016 12:28 AM #26
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty - Scottsdale, AZ
Serving Scottsdale, Phoenix and Maricopa County AZ

Great points to keep in mind Dorie Dillard - especially #7 - eat or freeze within that time frame!

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