Healthy Cooking and Kitchen SafetyThere have been many cases regarding food-borne illness over the past years. These majorly include food poisoning, which is caused by the intake of harmful food items. Such illnesses have been increasing lately.
Salmonella cases have risen by 10% from the last year. Consumers do not realize the risk that is incurred when they cook with unwashed hands. People are less bothered about their health but they should not ignore the doctor's fee for curing major diseases, which can be very expensive.
People should take the following precautionary measures to use their kitchen safely:
• Use sanitizer: A sanitizer can be used to clean the surfaces where food has been prepared. Almost all of the kitchen cleaners are workable. Even mixing bleach into lukewarm water can be used if cleaners are not available.
• Do not mix all the grocery items: Avoid mixing the grocery items, especially meat which gets tainted. Place raw meat into extra bags so it does not drip into other items.
• Make sure your hands are clean: You should soap your hands and continue washing them for a minimum of twenty seconds. If you were cooking raw food before and now you are going to cook ready to eat meals, you need to wash your hands again.
• Use different tools for different food items: You should not use the same kitchen gadgets for different food items. Use different tools for raw food and cooked food. You can even buy cheap tools such as cutting boards but ensuring that you have different cutting boards for different types of food is important and you should not ignore that.
• Buy the dry items first: When you go for grocery shopping, keep in mind that you need to purchase the dry food items before the cold ones. If you continue doing this, the cold items will stay away from the refrigerator for only a short period of time.
• Learn to use the grocery bags again: It is advisable that you reuse the grocery bags by washing them and applying color safe bleach.
• Pour the water around the food: It is a very safe way for keeping the food. You can place the food items inside a water container and let the water flow around the food.
• Make sure the ice is clean: the ice that you should be dirt free as it can catch germs easily. You need to check that it is clean, unscented and bland. Even if you buy packaged ice, make sure it's packaged in a sealed bag.
• Prepare food at the required temperature: If you ensure that the food is cooked according to the most suitable temperature, there is no chance that it can be infected by bacteria.
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