Food for Thought Report 11.25 - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

11/25/04

Food for Thought Report 11.25

Smylie Wilson Junior High at 4401 31st Street is our only top performing school. It's all smiles for their kitchen staff. They had a flawless health inspection.

Food for Thought 11.25
Here is a complete list of the restaurants and their violations for the week ending on 11/25/04.

Two Lubbock restaurants can now add to their list of things to be thankful for this holiday. They are also top performers. Who could be more thankful this holiday than the folks at River Smith's restaurant. Located at 406 Avenue Q, River Smith's had a perfect health inspection last week and now they can add a top performer plaque to their restaurant walls.

The Domino's Pizza at 1708 Parkway Drive can be thankful for the same honor. They also had zero critical violations at the time of their last inspection.

It is Thanksgiving time, and that means the majority of people will be serving up the big feast right in their own kitchens. NewsChannel 11 teamed up with Lubbock Health Inspector Tyson Rowin inside United Supermarket and found the top four health and safety tips he'd be thankful for everyone to follow.

It starts with the big thaw. Rowin says, "First you need to properly thaw the turkey and you can do that by using running water and thawing it under cold running water or you can thaw it in the refrigerator. That's what most people do." That means no leaving a frozen turkey on the countertop to thaw! That's a no no because it promotes the growth of bacteria!

Second, keep your meat thermometer nearby and cook your bird up right. The turkey has to reach 165 degrees throughout. Rowin explains, "If you don't use a thermometer, you don't know if you're turkey was actually cooked all the way through." Make sure your thermometer reads 165 degrees for at least 15 seconds inside the bird.

Tip number three... wash your hands! It's one you've heard before, but it still applies even if you're in the comfort of your own kitchen. Rowin says, "If you're handling a raw turkey and want to toss a salad, make sure you wash your hands good and thoroughly and under warm running water every time you switch. Usually it's just the one person cooking and they're trying to do so much at a time. So, you really need to stop and slow down and wash your hands thoroughly."

So once you've stuffed yourself silly, and feel like you couldn't possibly move away from all that glorious football, don't forget our last tip: get out those Tupperware containers before it's too late and bacteria starts growing on your leftovers. Rowin says, "You'll want to make sure to put your leftovers in a cooler as fast as you can and don't use big pans to do it. Split it up in smaller portions whenever you're going to put it in the fridge or freezer. Cool it down as quick as possible." Of course, when you go to warm up those leftovers, heat them all the way back up to 165 degrees.

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