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|Title:||Food Safety Meat Models|
|Includes: ||Five food models of thawing meat and the bacteria that has formed on each over a specified period of time.|
|Audience: ||Multiple Audiences, Adults, Children, Older Adults|
|Description:||These meat models include a set of five realistic looking containers of "raw meat" that have been left on the counter to thaw. Each model represents meat that has been left out at room temperature for a different amount of time, and the bacteria growing on that meat has been magnified to the size of a pea. The models are labeled with the number of bacteria they contain on the bottom of the model, from five bacteria on the meat straight from the refrigerator, to 1,280 bacteria after being left out for 2 hours. The meat models can be used to demonstrate how fast bacteria on raw meats can multiply if the meat is left out on the counter at room temperature. |
|Developer: ||Yvonne Wilcox|
|Organization: ||Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County|
|Use Restrictions: ||May copy for educational purposes.|
|Reviewers Comments: ||These eye opening meat models help demonstrate how rapidly bacteria can grow on thawing meat. The split peas represent the amount of bacteria that has grown on the meat over time. Models can be used in food safety classes, at farmers markets, health fairs or during exhibits, demonstrations and lectures. The models help illustrate an important food safety hazard. Because they are interesting to look at, they tend to catch people's eye. They are a great starting off point for a discussion about thawing meat and the proper ways to do so. They have a strong potential to help draw people into a conversation about how they thaw meat at home.
The recipe for the meat models is available through the link below. The recipe includes a number of ingredients; however, these ingredients may be substituted depending on what is available to you. Models may take a few days to make (the drying process may take up to 24 hours) but they keep well and with normal handling they should last for a long time.