Cooking Utensils

When cooking ground beef or other meats, I use a spoon to turn the meat over and help break it up. Can this same spoon be used to stir in other ingredients after the meat is cooked or to transfer the food to a serving bowl? —H.L., Racine, Wisconsin

Wash utensils used to prepare uncooked meat in hot soapy water before using them to stir or serve cooked food.