Cooking safety times

Asked January 15, 2016, 6:58 PM EST

I recently sent in a question for a customer who came into our office. She was concerned about eating leeks that had been growing in an area where the Yamhill River had flooded. I was told by Ask An Expert that if she cooks the leeks it should be fine but not to eat them raw. I reported this answer to the customer. Her additional questions are: HOW LONG must she cook the food to get rid of any bacteria? Is steaming OK? AND, are these times general or specific for different fruits and vegetables?

Yamhill County Oregon

1 Response

She can steam them or use them in stir fry or just heat them through. The bacteria that might contaminate them from the flooded water are destroyed at 155 degrees F.

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Nellie Oehler.