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)
According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), even if a burger is brown in the middle, it might not be hot enough to safely eat. You should use a food thermometer to make sure it's 160 degrees Fahrenheit (71 degrees Celsius).
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)
Bacteria multiply most rapidly between 40 degrees Fahrenheit (4 degrees Celsius) and 140 degrees Fahrenheit (60 degrees Celsius), so your fridge should always be below 40 degrees Fahrenheit (4 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.
Never put water on a grease fire. If the fire is on the stove, smother it with a lid if you can. If it's in the oven, shut the door to cut off the air supply. Of course, you can use a fire extinguisher -- as long as it doesn't spray water.
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.
It depends on the texture of the food -- scraping is probably OK with hard cheeses and firmer fruits and vegetables. But if the mold is on sauce or bread, for example, you never know how far the bacteria has spread. The FDA says, "When in doubt, throw it out!"