When it comes to home cooking, we often focus too much on the cooking process itself and forget, or even neglect the safety in the kitchen itself. Food safety is a serious matter that should be kept in mind whenever we’re at home cooking with our friends, family and even when you’re cooking by yourself.
We’ll highlight some tips to help you maintain food safety when cooking in the kitchen in your homes.
Make it a habit to always wash your hands with soap for at least 20 seconds before and after you handle food, especially if you’re handling raw meats. This same habit should be applied to all kitchenware such as cutting boards, dishes, utensils, and countertops – ideally with hot soapy water to wash away any germs or enzymes on the surface of your appliances.
Separate raw foods from others
Store raw meat, seafood, and poultry in a separate section of the fridge, away from other foods. This is especially important during the shopping process as the raw meats are likely to have a higher chance of contaminating your other dry foods in the cart.
While on the subject, it’s also good practice to have special cutting boards for raw meats. Technically it can be safe to use the same cutting board as long as you wash it with warm, soapy water after every time you use it. However, in the interest of food safety, it is better to separate the cutting boards whenever possible.
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This goes without saying, but make sure you cook your food with the proper temperatures to kill any germs and bacteria that can potentially cause food poisoning. For cooking Beef, Pork or Seafood we recommend heating them to a minimum of 62 °C or 145 °F to ensure they are safe to eat. For cooking poultry such as Turkey, Chicken or Duck, we recommend heating them to at least 74 °C or 165 °F.
Store in the fridge
There are two simple rules you should keep in mind when storing food in the fridge. First, always store food in the fridge within 2 hours after buying them from the market or after cooking if they are not immediately eaten. The second is to never thaw your frozen foods outside of the fridge, this can introduce bacteria in the food and cause food poisoning. It is always best to thaw the food in the fridge, under cold water or in the microwave.
We hope this article has given you insight on how to improve food safety in your kitchen at home. The purpose of this article is to remind our readers of the safety precautions in the kitchen, and also to prevent any foodborne mishaps when cooking at home. No matter what you’re cooking or how experienced you are, it is always important to uphold food safety.
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