Get Out Today: student entertainment guide

Aptmt/Dorm Living
College Cook

Food Care
Dorm Cook
Chicken Curry
Chicken Fajitas
Chicken Saute
Cajun Chkn Nugget
Chili & Rice Wraps
Eng Muffin Pizza
Macho Nachos
Quick Stirfry
Shanghai Rice
Summer Pasta
Vegetarian Chili

Food Care

Food-borne illnesses can occur anywhere, but they may be more likely in a college dormitory room where proper food handling and storage can be difficult.

Here are some tips for keeping food safe in the dorm room:

  • Always take perishable food home quickly after you go grocery shopping. Leaving your groceries in the car while you stop to visit a friend may cause spoiling to start. Perishable foods should not be left out of the refrigerator for more than two hours.

  • If you use a microwave oven, allow for extra cooking time to cook food more thoroughly. In the dorm, other equipment can drain current from the electrical circuit, causing a longer cooking time.

  • Refrigerate all carry-outs including pizza, fried chicken and Chinese food as soon after serving as possible.

  • Never store food on the window ledge, even if the weather is cold outside. Buildings radiate heat, making the sill warmer than the outside temperature.

  • Always check "care packages" (food from home) to see if the cans or packages need to be refrigerated after opening. These precautions should lower the risk of food-borne illnesses. For questionable food, the old adage "When in doubt, throw it out," still holds true.

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