The four simple things to remember for good kitchen hygiene
Keeping your kitchen clean and hygienic should be second nature, to keep us and our families safe.
Just remember four things for good kitchen hygiene: clean, separate, cook, and cool.
We all have a habit of washing our hands thoroughly and often. But when should you wash your hands in the kitchen? Wash your hands after handling raw foods, including raw meat and raw seafood, but also vegetables and eggs. If you see dirt on the vegetables, wash your hands afterwards. The same goes for eggs, because we all know where they come from! When it comes to washing your hands, as long as it takes to sing happy birthday, but also wash all parts of your hands including fingernails and wrists.
Always wash your hands after handling dirty vegetables (and always wash your dirty vegetables). Photo: iStock
When chopping food, separate your cutting boards. It doesn’t matter if they’re plastic or wood, in the terms of Offspring, you need to keep them separate! Use different planks for raw meat, cooked meat, and vegetables.
Use disposable wipes to clean up spills, so you don’t spread germs around your kitchen with old dirty sponges.
When it comes to cooking, it is very important to prepare and clean your food properly. Do not wash the meat, it will only splash bacteria in your kitchen. However, it is important to wash vegetables, especially dirty ones. Dirt can be a breeding ground for bacteria, so be sure to wash them off before you even start cooking.
Your refrigerator can often be your best friend in keeping a hygienic kitchen. Set your refrigerator to four degrees and your freezer to minus 18 degrees. When you have food on the bench, don’t leave it too long. As soon as it stops smoking, cover it and place it in the refrigerator.
So this is it. Four simple things to remember to keep your kitchen clean and hygienic, and you and your family free from harmful bacteria.
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