You hear about food safety regarding restaurants and foodservice, but you can apply these food safety tips to your own kitchen and cooking to prevent contamination and sickness.
Below are a few tips to follow by to keep your kitchen safe and clean for you!
- Cut raw meat, produce and cooked meat on separate cutting boards
- Keep a minimum of three separate cutting boards and assign each one to a category above. This way you won’t get your fresh produce contaminated with your raw meat.
- Keep your refrigerator properly organized
- Read our other blog post regarding how exactly you should organize your refrigerator for food safety. By doing this it will prevent your food from being contaminated.
- First in first out (FIFO)
- To help you not waste food organize your foods that you stock up by expiration date. For example, put the yogurt you bought that has the earliest expiration date near the front and the later dates in the back of the refrigerator.
- Wash your hands
- So simple but so important. Make sure to wash your hand with warm water and soap before cooking. Also, wash your hands before and after handling raw meat and eggs.
- Properly defrost your meats
- Defrost in your refrigerator and NEVER on your counter. You can also defrost meat in the sink under running cold water.
- Wash all fresh produce
- This will prevent bacterial contamination, food poison, and sickness.
- Don’t consume raw eggs
- Make sure to always properly cook eggs. This will prevent salmonella. Also, store eggs in the refrigerator when finish using.
- Always check the use by date and expiration date on food
- By doing this it will prevent consumption of spoiled foods.