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A clean kitchen is required for food safety

Clean refrigerator with thermometer.

For optimum food safety, we need to keep our kitchen clean. Start with the refrigerator freezer, the appliance that works non-stop to keep our perishable foods safely stored. Then tackle kitchen cabinets and pantries, where shelf stable foods are stored. Always wash hands with soap and warm water for 20 seconds before handling food in storage.

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Glenyce Peterson-Vangsness, Extension educator;  Debbie Botzek-Linn, former Extension educator; and Kathy Brandt, Extension educator

Reviewed in 2021

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