Essential Food Safety Procedures and Fact Sheets

Food safety is singularly the most important issue for the home processor. Below are the most useful Food Safety Fact Sheets published by the USDA. Learn and follow these procedures to ensure healthy processed meat at home.

General Food Safety Information:

Basics for Safe Food Handling
Food Safety While Hiking, Camping, or Boating
The Big Thaw - Safe Defrosting Methods
The Danger Zone (40°F - 140°F)
Leftovers and Food Safety
Shelf-Stable Food Safety
Molds on Food: Are They Dangerous?
Cutting Boards and Food Safety

Foodborne Illness Information:

Clostridium Botulinum - Botulism
Foodborne Illness: What Consumers Need To Know
Foodborne Illness Peaks In Summer - Why?

Meat Specific Preparation Information:

Game - From Farm to Table
Bison - From Farm to Table
Beef - From Farm to Table
Jerky and Food Safety
Bacon and Food Safety
Barbecue and Food Safety
Ham and Food Safety
Hot Dogs and Food Safety
Sausage and Food Safety
Smoking Meat and Poultry

Game Food Handling:

Home Storage of Game
Game Cooking Times

Have More Questions About Food Safety? Visit the USDA Food Safety Blog.