According to research, Americans spend about $1.7 billion daily eating out at restaurants across the 50 states. As a result, they are exposed to environments that incubate food-born illnesses. So, understanding how to remain healthy while and after dining outside of one’s home is important.
Food safety for people who enjoy eating out.
- Pass on ‘questionable’ food. If the meal you ordered comes and reminds you of abstract art – you can’t make out what your looking at – send the plate back. Follow your instincts. You are better off insulting the chef than running back and forth to the bathroom all night. See: Why The Restaurant Meal Made You Sick.
- Toss food that sat out overnight. No, you can’t see the germs that collected on top of this food. They are naked to the human eye. Yet, health experts say that variances in temperature can adversely affect edibles. So, after two hours, food that’s been sitting out unrefrigerated should be thrown away.
- Properly store away leftovers. Food safety for people who enjoy eating out also involves putting away leftovers as soon as you get home from the restaurant. Place them into plastic containers. Be sure to seal the containers afterward with a lid, foil or plastic wrap. Then, stick your containers into the fridge. See: How to Properly Store Food.
- Reheat leftovers until hot. Make sure the hot food you ate the night before is hot again the next day before you dive in. Heat kills germs. Be sure to microwave your leftovers until they are thoroughly reheated.
- Discard food left in the car for hours. If your meal at the restaurant was followed by a night on the town – you visited your favorite club and danced until the wee hours of the morning – discard any restaurant food left in the car. Because of the intense temperature in most enclosed areas, it’s likely unsafe to eat. See: A Consumer’s Guide to Food Safety.
If you follow these tips on food safety for people who enjoy eating out, you are less likely to get sick. You can engage in a popular American pastime with less health risks.