In this post, we take a look at some delicious Christmas-time foods that need to be refrigerated. What better way to celebrate Christmas than to share a merry meal with family and friends? But while you enjoy the festivities, it’s important to keep in mind proper food preparation and storage. Nobody wants to get food poisoning – especially at Christmas.
Christmas in Australia
Christmas isn’t a winter wonderland for everyone. In Australia, Christmas falls in the middle of summer, which means high temperatures and plenty of time spent outdoors. Many people celebrate their Christmas holidays by going to the beach or having BBQ’s in the park.
In Queensland, the traditional Christmas menu is served cold. We usually have cold ham, cold turkey, cold salad and the highlight – cold beer! Aussies also enjoy seafood at Christmas. Think prawns, oysters, and Moreton Bay bugs on their Christmas menu.
7 Christmas foods that need to be refrigerated
To prevent food-borne illnesses, make sure to refrigerate these holiday foods:
- Seafood should be bought from reliable suppliers who refrigerate seafood properly. Most seafood has to be placed in airtight containers and refrigerated or frozen right away. Lobsters have to be stored in well-ventilated containers.
- Chicken should be chilled right after it is brought home.
- Salads with cooked veggies, pasta, rice and meat must be stored in the fridge.
- Desserts with cream, egg, and custard must to refrigerated as they spoil quickly in the heat.
- Dips, or any dish with eggs like mayonnaise and homemade sauces should be kept cold.
- If you’re cooking turkey this Christmas, make sure you buy it frozen. Turkey can also be tricky to cook, as they are quite large. Make sure you follow a guide for cooking instructions and times.
- Your Christmas ham should be removed from its packaging, covered in cloth, soaked in a mixture of water and vinegar and stored in the fridge.
Food poisoning prevention tips
Food poisoning is a common condition all year round, but the risk during the holiday season is especially high. Whether it’s how the food is prepared, stored or reheated, food poisoning is always possible because of the presence of bacteria in the environment.
All foods have bacteria and with the hot and humid weather in summer, they can multiply rapidly. Besides this, the volume of foods to keep refrigerated and where we cook (like at public BBQs) can pose challenges. But the risk of food-borne illnesses can greatly be reduced if we follow food safety precautions.
- Follow good temperature control, whether it’s during grocery shopping, storing or cooking food.
- Clean indoor or outdoor food preparation areas regularly.
- Always store leftovers in clean and airtight containers.
- Plan your Christmas menu ahead of time.
- Make sure your fridge is clean and there’s enough space for air to circulate. Avoid overcrowding!
- Take out non-perishable goods inside the fridge such as beer, coffee, and fruits.
- Always wash your hands before preparing food.
We hope you have a Happy and safe Christmas!