People claim the best food which tastes heavenly is the one that is prepared with extreme passion. And most would agree with that belief. Every food fanatic knows that the right combination of ingredients and flavors is what makes the essence of a good recipe. However, you are also well aware that the same recipe, prepared by different cooks, tastes differently. Despite preparing essentially the same recipe, what makes them different is the personal passion invested in the cooking process.
One of the most important things while preparing and cooking food is keeping an eye on hygiene and safety. You may take pride in your food preparing and cooking passion, but before anything else, you need to ensure you maintain a high level of hygiene and that your ingredients are safe for consummation.
Food can get contaminated at various points. It could happen right from the beginning when it’s being harvested, as well as while being processed, prepared, stored and transported to the end destination. A low and poor hygiene level is what most commonly causes foodborne diseases. The World Health Organization has released some worrying statistic stating that every year; one in ten people get sick due to a foodborne disease. While adults may cope better and more efficiently with these diseases, they can often prove to be deadly for children. Now that your attention has been caught, let’s see what you can do to ensure the food you are handling and cooking stays disease free.
- Keep the food clean, but the same applies for your hands and the surfaces you prepare food on.
- Keep food types separated. Mixing them up can lead to all of them getting contaminated from one of food.
- Keep the cooking temperature at the appropriate levels. Different foods require different cooking temperature.
- Keep stored food in a cold space. Naturally, a refrigerator is a great idea.
Keeping Food Clean
Before you handle any food ingredients with your bare hands, wash your hands thoroughly using soap. By doing that you ensure no germs will get transferred from your hands to the food. Furthermore, it is absolutely crucial to wash all the vegetable products with cold water. And last but not least, keep the kitchen counter and other surface areas used to prepare food as clean as possible.
No matter how much you enjoy cooking and preparing delicious dishes for your family and friends, you should not cook while being overpowered by the cold or the flu. Symptoms from feeling nauseous, sneezing to vomiting, are the clearest indicator of when you shouldn’t handle food. You wouldn’t want to spread a disease to an entire group of people.
Keep Foods Separated
Cross contamination can occur when placing raw and cooked food in the same storage container, or simply using a container previously filled with a certain type of food without washing it. Cooked food must be stored in sealed containers in the fridge as far away as possible from raw food.
Keeping the Appropriate Temperature
Not every kind of food can be prepared by cooking on the same temperature. For example, one of the trickier foods to cook are poultry, seafood and certain meats. Use a skewer, inserted in the middle of the meat, to make sure it is properly done.
People have turned to using additional keeping appliances, such as microwaves, in recent times. Microwaves are the ideal solution when you want to just reheat some food. But in order for it not to become dry, you should cover it with a food wrapping paper. This way all the juices will remain on the meat. Ensure that you have heated the food enough so that there is steam coming out of it. That will destroy all the bacteria.
Storing Food in a Cold Place
This should come as nothing new. However, most people simply place raw food in the fridge as is. You need to wrap it accordingly if you don’t want it to dry out and become unusable really fast. Most raw food should be stored at a temperature of about 5 degrees Celsius. The cold prevents bacteria development.
Hopefully, now that you are aware of the importance of food hygiene, you will take these tips into consideration and keep your food in good condition.