Keep Food Safe While Shopping, Storing, Preparing and Serving. One of life’s greatest joys is serving food that pleases the palate and sends guests home with favorite memories of time shared together. One of a cook’s worst fears is making someone sick, so it is very important to learn safe food handling in the home as well as the commercial kitchen. Protecting your family from food poisoning should be a primary objective. That can start with understanding that bacteria doubles every 20 minutes, and foods become hazardous two hours after reaching room temperature.
#1 Rule in Food Safety:
“When In Doubt, Throw It Out!“
Some Food Safety Links:
Where Food Poisoning Begins…It May Surprise You
Handy Guide to Food Safety
Shelf Life of Food
Food Safety in A Power Outage
Refrigerated Foods: When to Save, When to Throw Out
Frozen Foods: When to Save, When to Throw Out
Prevent cross contamination by using kitchen towels properly. If you cook at home, you probably use either a kitchen towel or a paper towel to dry dishes, wipe up spills, or dry your hands. Recent research from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) and Kansas State University identifies kitchen towels as the number one source of cross contamination in the kitchen. Protect your family from food poisoning by following this kitchen towel playbook.
Keep your kitchen safe and healthy. Avoid those “three day flu” bugs that lurk in foods not properly stored, thawed or prepared. Cross contamination is one of the biggest looming dangers, which you can avoid with a little forethought and proper practices. The resources listed above can help you understand best practices and assist you in developing your own safety guidelines for your kitchen and pantry.