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Safety First: Kitchen Safety Quiz
by Staff
There are many old wives' tales and urban legends associated with food and kitchen safety. But this, obviously, is an area where you don't want to mess around with myths and half-truths. You might think you know it all, but you should take our quiz.

How hot should the inside of a hamburger be before you take it off the grill?

  • 100 degrees Fahrenheit (38 degrees Celsius)
  • 160 degrees Fahrenheit (71 degrees Celsius)
  • 210 degrees Fahrenheit (99 degrees Celsius)

How much of a time window do you have between leaving the grocery store and refrigerating your food?

  • 30 minutes
  • two hours
  • three hours

What's the highest safe temperature for your refrigerator?

  • 32 degrees Fahrenheit (0 degrees Celsius)
  • 36 (2.2 degrees Celsius)
  • 40 degrees Fahrenheit (4 degrees Celsius)

How hot can an electric stove burner coil get?

  • 750 degrees Fahrenheit (399 degrees Celsius)
  • 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit (538 degrees Celsius)
  • 1,250 degrees Fahrenheit (677 degrees Celsius)

What should you NOT do if there's a grease fire in the kitchen?

  • Dump as much water on it as you can.
  • Smother it.
  • Douse it with a fire extinguisher.

What's the safest place to defrost food?

  • in the microwave
  • on the counter
  • in the refrigerator

Why should you avoid microwaves when warming baby bottles?

  • because the radiation levels are too high for infants
  • because it might create hot spots
  • because the bottle could explode

Which of these foods can you use to heal a burn?

  • butter
  • bananas
  • honey

True or False: Microwaving food in plastic containers can cause carcinogens to leak into the food.

  • true
  • false

True or False: If there's just a little mold on top of something you just dug out of the refrigerator, you can scrape it off and eat the rest.

  • true
  • false
  • depends

How long can frozen chicken remain fresh in its original packaging?

  • six months
  • two months
  • expiration date on the packaging

Which of the following is NOT a safe practice to prevent foodborne illnesses such as Salmonella and E.Coli?

  • immediately washing hands after handling eggs or raw meat
  • immediately disposing of food that smells rancid.
  • using an unsealed wooden cutting board

Which of the following foods should NOT be stored in a freezer?

  • fruit
  • eggs
  • bread

What can you use to seal wooden cutting boards to prevent from nesting bacteria?

  • mineral oil
  • vegetable oil
  • olive oil

Which of the following is NOT a symptom of food poisoning?

  • flu-like symptoms
  • abdominal pain
  • difficulty talking

What is the number one rule for using a sharp knife?

  • Chop fast for better results.
  • Cut away from the body.
  • Place the knife in the dishwasher with the handle down.

If your electricity goes down, how long will your full freezer stay frozen?

  • 12 hours
  • 24 hours
  • 48 hours

How long can you store fruits in the freezer if stored in a sealed container?

  • one week
  • one month
  • one year

Bacteria breeds best when the temperature is:

  • between 40 to 140 degrees Fahrenheit (4 degrees to 60 degrees Celsius)
  • between 32 to 140 degrees Fahrenheit (0 degrees to 60 degrees Celsius)
  • between 40 to 132 degrees Fahrenheit (4 degrees to 56 degrees Celsius)

Why should you avoid washing/rinsing poultry before cooking?

  • It washes away the flavor.
  • It can spread bacteria.
  • Wet poultry can cause oil splatters in the frying pan.