There are so many factors that play into this trend, the economy, the coronavirus pandemic, conceivably, even the plethora of cooking shows on TV, but Americans are preparing more meals at home these days, but do they know how to safely cook frozen foods? “About twenty two percent of the participants said that a not ready to eat frozen chicken product that we were having them preparing in the study. They weren't sure if it was only cooked, partially cooked or if it was still completely raw.” That’s Meredith Carruthers of USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service. With that finding from recent research on just how much consumers know about properly preparing frozen foods and in turn avoiding food borne illness. She adds the study reveals the need for improved consumer education on what packaging terms mean and how to properly prepare frozen foods. “Very important to follow all of those instructions that the company has put on the package for their products to be prepared safely as well as for your own safety, using a food thermometer in your home as well. “ And utilizing food safety techniques. What Carruthers and USDA refer to as… being separate, clean and chill.