3 tips for safely sharing homemade treats this holiday season
Sharing and receiving homemade treats during the holiday season is a tradition many hold dear. However, COVID-19 has made this tradition difficult. While it is important to keep our traditions, it is also important to do our part in preventing the spread of COVID-19. Kevin Via, MD, recommends giving non-edible gifts this year, but if you do choose to share homemade treats, follow these tips to keep yourself, your friends, and your family safe and healthy.
- Do not share homemade treats if you are feeling sick. Safely sharing homemade treats is a necessity this year. Do not prepare any treats if you are feeling sick or under the weather. It is also important to keep a clean cooking environment.
- Maintain good hand hygiene while preparing treats. It is very important to maintain excellent hand hygiene while preparing treats for others. Wash your hands before handling any items and remember to wash your hands periodically while preparing the food. Clean all cooking surfaces with disinfectant spray prior to cooking. Also, be sure to wear a mask during the entire food preparation process.
- Share your food preparation process when gifting. If you are sharing homemade treats with someone, it is important to communicate about your food preparation process. As a gift receiver, if you have any hesitation at all about the food preparation, politely accept the gift but refrain from eating the treats.
“After such a long and difficult year, it is important to share joy and thanks with all of your loved ones. However, we need to do this in a safe and protective manner so we can enjoy many more holiday seasons in the future,” said Dr. Via.
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