How to avoid food poisoning during Halloween
Although you might be the scariest monster, or the strongest superhero at the party, you are still vulnerable to the germs hidden inside the food. The bacteria causing food poisoning doesn’t alter the look or the taste of foods, and its symptoms can be mistaken for stomach flu, or even hangover.
Let’s see how you can avoid spending days in bed after the Halloween party.
First of all, keep cold food cold, and hot food hot. Avoid complicated recipes, keep things simple – make things that can be kept in the fridge or in a cooler. Choose fresh fruit and vegetables, fry chicken wings or meat balls that can be easily re-heated.
Make sure you have lots of spare room in the fridge, so you can store cold food there during the party. Avoid leaving food at room temperature for more than a couple of hours, serve small platters, keep cold food cold even on the table by putting them on pots of ice.
If there are leftovers – and there are, all great parties leave lots of leftovers in the kitchen – make sure you keep them in the refrigerator and eat them within two or three days at most.
If you are a parent, it is wise to check your kid’s treat bag before letting him dig in – try to avoid homemade goodies, as they are not as safe (although they might be healthier) than the treats available at supermarkets and candy shops.
Wish you a safe and happy Halloween.