Whenever there is a discussion on healthy lifestyle, food safety comes in automatically. What you are eating needs to be safe for consumption first….right?
I am going to give you 4 easy steps in keeping food safe in your kitchen or rather home.
As simple as it sounds, proper cleaning removes physical dirt and by a good extent reduces bacteria on the surface you are cleaning.
This means your hands, kitchen preparation table, tools/utensils you will need to prepare your food and the raw ingredients like vegetables, fresh produce, will require thorough cleaning.
For this cleaning to be effective, you will obviously need a clean source of water. Try as much as possible to clean using flowing water. This way you avoid recycling the already dirty water in your basin or where you hold your cleaning water.
Who doesn’t love cooking? Whether you are an expert in the kitchen or not, this is a critical step in ensuring food is safe for consumption.
The heat you apply in food to cook destroys harmful bacteria that would otherwise cause illness. Ensure you cook food to the right internal temperature.
Through documented information on Google or personal years of experience with that cooking pot, you can easily estimate the cooking time and temperature combination of any type of food.
This knowledge or information will be very helpful for you in working towards safe food consumption. If you have a thermometer, you can make use of it in monitoring the temperatures with the most important being the core temperature.
Every type of food has scientifically tested research in terms of right final core temperature to call it cooked and safe for consumption.
I bet you have heard of social distancing many times than you can count! Well, the same principle applies in food safety. If I paid a visit to your kitchen right now, chances of finding both raw and cooked food are very high.
Examples of common raw foods are fish, chicken, and vegetables usually kept very well in the fridge. Once you cook food and want to store it in the same fridge, please separate to avoid cross contamination.
Cross contamination involves unintentional transfer of bacteria and other microorganisms from one item or object to another and consequently causing harm. This is a big and critical topic in food safety. I will discuss more on it in my next blog post.
By cooking food you destroy the harmful bacteria. Arranging the cooked food in contact or close to the raw food introduces a risk of transferring bacteria and other harmful microorganisms (cross contamination).
Your refrigerator plays a big role in maintaining the safety of what you consume. However, time is very important. Refrigerate perishable foods and left overs within 2hrs after cooking. This time is however dependent on your room temperature. If it’s too hot in there, refrigerate within 1hr.
There you have it guys, 4 simple hacks in ensuring food safety for you and your loved ones at home! Get this right and you will be good to go.