Welcome to USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service Food Safety at home podcast series. These podcasts were designed with you in mind - the consumer - who purchases and prepares meat, poultry and processed meat, egg products for your family and friends.
Each episode will bring you a different food safety topic ranging from safe storage, handling, and preparation of meat, poultry and processed egg products to the importance of keeping foods safe during a power outage.
So sit back, turn up the volume and listen in.
Samantha: I am so hungry. My mom packed me a nice lunch last night. She even let me help.
Jade: What did you get?
Samantha: A chicken salad sandwich, chips, chopped carrots and a juice box.
Jade: That sounds good. I only have a peanut butter and jelly sandwich and an apple. Ill be back; I have to go buy my chocolate milk.
Samantha: Oh, I almost forgot to clean my hands with hand sanitizer that my mom put in my lunch bag.
Jade: Can I use some of your hand sanitizer?
Your food looks yummy--- Can I come home with you sometime and see how your mom makes those amazing looking sandwiches? I want to be able to make my own chicken salad sandwiches.
Samantha: Of course you can. Im sure my mom wont mind.
Mom, Im home. I brought Jade with me because she wants to learn how to make chicken salad sandwiches. Is that okay?
Mom: Sure, Sweetie. I was just about to make some. You can help me.
Okay, Girls. The first thing we must do is wash our hands with warm, soapy water for at least twenty (20) seconds to remove germs and bacteria. Well call this the CLEAN step.
Girls: Yes, yes, the CLEAN step!
Mom: Lets cook the chicken. Ill cut the chicken into parts and boil them. After its done, well carefully remove it from the hot water, take the meat off the bones, add a few other ingredients, mix everything together, spread it between slices of bread, and Voilà! we have chicken salad sandwiches.
Girls, this is an important food safety tip that you need to remember: ALWAYS use separate cutting boards for handling raw meat or poultry and other perishable foods, like vegetables or bread.
Samantha: Should we call this the SEPARATE step?
Mom: Exactly, that IS the SEPARATE step. And once youve finished cutting up your meat, make sure you wash the cutting board with hot, soapy water.
Let me wash this cutting board, the knife Ive used and the countertops with hot soapy water just in case some of the chicken juices got on it.
Jade: How long do we need to boil chicken?
Mom: It should take about an hour to cook. But we have to check the chickens internal temperature with a thermometer to make sure it has reached one hundred sixty-five degrees Fahrenheit. Once it reaches that temperature, it will be safe. Thats our COOK step.
Samantha: Mom, Jade and I are going to go do our homework and be back in an hour to check the chicken.
Mom: Okay, see you in an hour.
Samantha: Mom, its been an hour! Lets check the temperature of the chicken pieces.
Mom: Okay, Samantha. Let me get the food thermometer. I will stick it in the breast and several other pieces. Yep, its one hundred and sixty-five degrees Fahrenheit in each piece, so its safe to eat.
Im going to place it in the refrigerator to get nice and cold. What should we call this very important step that
chills the meat?
Jade: the CHILL step?
Mom: Exactly right: the CHILL step.
Samantha: Great! Lets make my lunch.
Mom: What should we do first
before we start?
Girls: Wash our hands!
Mom: Perfectand whats that called?
Girls: the CLEAN step!
Mom: Ill take the chicken from the refrigerator and cut it up into a bowl.
Jade please get the mayonnaise, sweet relish, and mustard out of the refrigerator.
Samantha, please get the salt and pepper from the cupboard.
Jade: Can I put the mayonnaise, relish and mustard into the bowl?
Mom: You sure can. Get a spoon and scoop some out of each jar into the bowl.
Samantha, you can add the salt and pepper and mix all the ingredients.
Jade: Heres bread to make a sandwich for each of you.
Mom: Thank you, Jade. Lay them on that clean plate.
Samantha: Mom, can I spread the chicken salad on the bread?
Mom: Yes. Then Ill cut the sandwich into four squares, wrap it and put it in the refrigerator so it will stay cold for tomorrows lunch.
Samantha: CHILL step?!
Mom: yes, CHILL (big smile, chuckles?) youre learning fast
I am also going to put in some grapes, and tomorrow well add a frozen juice box in your lunch bag as well. Ill put it in the lunch bag too so it will keep your sandwich nice and cold until lunch time. Who remembers the STEPS we talked about so far?
Mom: I give you both an A Plus! Would you girls like to help me with the rest of the lunch?
Samantha and Jade: We sure would!
Narrator: This segment of the Food Safety at Home program has been brought to you by the Food Safety and Inspection Service. The organization that wants you to be Be Food Safe.
To hear other FSIS podcasts or get more information on the safe handling of meat, poultry and egg products, please visit the FSIS Web site at
www.fsis.usda.gov. Thats www.fsis.usda.gov, or visits us online for assistance from our virtual representative Ask Karen at
Consumers may also call our toll-free USDA Meat & Poultry Hotline, at one, eight, eight, eight, MPHotline (1-888-MPHotline). Thats 1-888-674-6854.