When you’re hungry and want to eat something fast, it’s easy to grab a prepared convenience meal and zap it in the microwave without taking time to read the cooking instructions. Because these commercially prepared convenience foods can be purchased refrigerated, frozen, or off the shelf, it’s important to carefully read and follow package cooking instructions. Most prepared convenience foods are not ready to eat right out of the container. Reading the product label should tell you if it’s ready to eat. The label may state, for example, that the product contains uncooked ingredients and must be cooked in a conventional oven thoroughly. Unfortunately, not following package cooking instructions can result in undercooked food, which can lead to foodborne illness because it’s not cooked to a high enough temperature to kill bacteria that might be present. More on Cook It Safe!
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