Millions of people in the US suffer from food poisoning each year. Use these food safety tips to lower your risk of exposure to food poisoning.
Personal hygiene plays a huge part in ensuring food safety in the kitchen. It is recommended that you always wear clean and hygienic clothes when working in the kitchen. Additionally, avoid tasting food with a spoon that has been in your mouth, or using your bare hands.
Wash your hands thoroughly. Preparing food with clean hands is a must. Be sure to wash your hands with warm water and soap for about twenty minutes before handling any food with bare hands. Be sure to also wash your hands before moving from handling raw food items to cooked food.
Clean all surfaces. All surfaces that come into contact with food, especially during the preparation process should be thoroughly cleaned. Clean chopping boards and counter tops before and after placing raw or cooked food on them.
Don’t put cooked food and raw food in the same container. Putting cooked and raw food in the same container together poses a massive food poisoning risk. This is because bacteria from the raw food might move to the cooked food, ultimately contaminating it.
Refrigerate food as soon as possible. Any extra food meant for later consumption should be refrigerated in less than two hours after preparation. This minimizes the risk of harmful bacteria setting in and poisoning the food.
Meat should be wrapped and stored in the bottom compartment of the refrigerator. This eliminates the risk of the meat dripping any juices on other items stored in the fridge.
How you thaw frozen foods matters. It is common to see people making the mistake of melting their frozen foods at room temperature on the kitchen counter top. It is recommended that you defrost frozen foods in the fridge.
Be careful when it comes to preparing high-risk foods. These foods include milk, cheese, and sushi among others. Since they are served raw, they should be carefully prepared to minimize the risk of contamination.
Always remember to check expiry dates. The first opportunity to prevent food poisoning avails itself during shopping. Always check the expiry dates on all food items before making a purchase, and consume them before they go bad.
Cook food thoroughly. When cooking food, remember that some foods take longer to cook thoroughly. You can use a thermometer to check the internal temperature of such foods or use your eyes to determine if they are cooked. It is even more important if you run a restaurant or transport food. The risks of something going bad goes significantly up. At our Chicago search engine optimization conference we talk about how businesses have to be very careful when they start to grow extremely fast. This is when quality and safety measure can be compromised causing the company to ultimately fail.
With these tips in mind, you can be sure that you risk of exposure to food poisoning is substantially reduced.