Tips to avoid foodborne illnesses at home
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4) Never defrost items at room temperature There are four proper ways to defrost frozen food: • In the refrigerator. • Under running water no hotter than 70 degrees for less than two hours. • In the microwave if you are planning to cook the item immediately. • As part of the cooking process, such as putting frozen hamburgers on the grill or cooking a frozen dinner in the microwave.
4) Never defrost items at room temperature

There are four proper ways to defrost frozen food:
• In the refrigerator.
• Under running water no hotter than 70 degrees for less than two hours.
• In the microwave if you are planning to cook the item immediately.
• As part of the cooking process, such as putting frozen hamburgers on the grill or cooking a frozen dinner in the microwave.
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