We are all guilty of it. We could always make our kitchen a cleaner, better working environments. From preparing food to cooking it, there are things we can do to ensure that we minimise health risks.
Food poisoning is one of the most common problems that millions face each day. However, it can be avoided using simple hygienic processes and practices. Washing raw meats, especially chicken, is one way in which you can put people’s health at risk. Washing meats spreads bacteria throughout your kitchen space.
Another common misgiving is not sticking to the ‘use by’ or ‘best before’ dates of food items. Unfortunately, we live in a world where finances are tough at times and things can be very tough. However, you should always stick to these dates. They are there to protect you. Smelling your food is a good way to check to see if you can use it. But you should always know what smells to look out for. Your nose should be well adjusted to pick out these smells.
A certain level of cleanliness must be adhered to, especially when dealing with food. You must always ensure that you wash your hands before, and after, touching food. Washing your hands after is especially important as it avoids bacteria cross-contaminating your food.
Clean working areas are also a must to avoid any risks. This does not stop at your work surfaces. You must ensure that your cupboards, fridge or anywhere else food is stored is clean and fit for purpose.
How you store foods is just as important. Each food type has a perfect home, somewhere for it to rest. Potatoes for example should be stored in a cool, dry space. Items such as diary should remain in a refrigerated area.
Another element that should be a priority is your kitchen gadgets, as bacteria can grow rapidly here. Kitchen gadgets, together with other utensils, should be washed and cleaned on a regular basis. You should clean them, even if you haven’t used them for a while.
Items such as chopping boards are a great place for germs and bacteria to hide and flourish. Make sure that you wash them in hot, soapy water to ensure that bacteria and germs are killed.
Once you believe you have a clean and hygienic working space you can start cooking and/or baking. However, the risks do not end there.
Cooking is one of the big ones, where risks are plentiful. Ensuring that you cook food in the right way can avoid any potential health risks, including food poisoning. Poultry, pork, beef and other meats require careful cooking. They should all be good to a point where the juices run clear. Your taste in how your meat is cooked also poses its own risks. The more pink, the increased chances of food poisoning.
A clean kitchen is a great kitchen. Avoid the potential health risks to you and your family. You may want to consider these tips before you next prepare your meal.