Eating a wide variety of fresh fruits and vegetables along with a small amount of protein-rich meat or fish will provide with all the nutrients you need. A diet like this is poor kitchen hygiene to ruin it. If food is not prepared in a clean environment, chances are that you may get food poisoning and even more severe problems. So it is as important to maintaining kitchen hygiene as it is to follow a balanced diet.
10 evergreen rules for maintaining kitchen hygiene
Maintaining kitchen hygiene is not a very difficult job. With a little time and effort, you could greatly reduce your use chances of getting sick. Here’s a list of ways you could fight the germs which want to live in your kitchen and cook in a clean, germ-free environment.
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Germs are everywhere; on your bed, your sofa, your floor, the air and all around you. So it is inevitable that your hands are covered with microbes. The moment your hands will touch food, the bacteria and heir fellow germs will settle down for a feast. Very soon, they start producing toxins. After a while, the toxin would be enough to make one sick. That’s the reason why you must always wash your hands before and after touching raw fruit, vegetables and meat. Wash them before you eat and after you’re done working with greasy stuff. A good habit of washing hands after work will reduce your chances of getting food poisoning.
Clean Utensils & Gadget
Wash your hands will prevent the contamination of utensils when you touch them. But what if the utensils, themselves are home to millions of germs. Cleaning hands alone is not enough to keep one safe. Utensils, as well as gadgets, should be clean before you use it. This means washing them after every use and not reusing the ones used to store raw meat unless clean. It is also a good habit to clean the dishes instead of piling them up for later. This will stop bacteria from accumulating in them. Another way of stopping their growth is by getting rid of chipped or crack utensils. These spaces are difficult to clean and are the perfect places for them to hide.
Check Your Fridge
If your fridge is not well organized for quite some time, chances are that there are expired products in there. The best way to avoid consuming such products and the smell rotten vegetables can produce and the expiry date on the products. Try doing this every month. This way you’ll know which thing has gone bad, which you’ll have to use up quickly and which a long way is from expired. You can do the same with your pantry.
Store Food Properly
The correct storage of food is important. It prevents the growth of bacteria so your food doesn’t go bad so quickly. [Try to use clean containers to store food. Never use utensils used o keep raw meat before it is cleaned. Steel utensils are good for chilling food and they can provide more protection than ordinary glass or plastic ones. Keep raw meat away from cooked food] (The following tips will help you your food better)
Wash Meat & Vegetables
Flies and other nasty bugs like living in dirty places where germs grow. These bugs can carry away such germs and leave them behind every time they sit somewhere. In other words, such insects spread germs everywhere. Unfortunately, flies like to visit meat and vegetables which are perfect places for germs to live in. You certainly don’t want them is by washing raw fruits, vegetables and meat. Running water is usually enough to remove dirt and a lot of germs. Soap or other cleaning agents isn’t required as the other parasites can be killed during cooking.
Cooking Food For Long Enough
As mentioned earlier, washing can’t remove all the germs and parasites like beef tapeworms. But they can still be killed by proper cooking. However, if the food isn’t cooked thoroughly, there will still be parasites, especially in meat. So it’s important to make sure that the entire dish gets enough heat to kill them. It is best to cook food slowly instead of burning the outside and keep the inside raw. This way, there will be very low chances of any of those surviving. No germs, no parasites, no worries.
Cleaning The kitchen
Faucets, countertops and kitchen floors tend to get dirty and greasy, the perfect conditions for microbes. This is why regular cleaning of the kitchen must be included in your kitchen hygiene plan.
Flies and cockroaches are on the lookout for one thing; food. Scraps of food and vegetable peel will attract these and other insects, some of which can transmit diseases. So all these things should be dumped in a trash can. You could further avoid contamination by covering the can and keep it away from the cooking area.
Keep Separate Cleaning Towels
Juices from raw meat must be wiped clean. But it is not a good idea to use the same cloth or towel everywhere else. The piece of cloth must be washed before it can be re-used.
Just the way one should use a piece of cloth multiple times you shouldn’t use gloves for different jobs without changing or washing. This will prevent dirt and grease from spreading.
Maintaining kitchen hygiene is certainly as important as a balanced diet. Poor hygiene can contribute to food poisoning and promote the growth of parasites. Several other health hazards are also related to this. These hazards can be avoided with a few good habits. Our list intended to promote the habits for maintaining kitchen hygiene. Once adopted the habits will keep you safe and healthy for the rest of your life. [Happy Cooking]