How frequently do you clean out the fridge and cabinets in your kitchen? Keeping your kitchen clean is but one step in the process of safe preparation, handling, and storage of food. If food safety and hygiene are not prioritized, you could become seriously ill with food poisoning or related illnesses as a result.
Food safety is an important part of staying healthy.
Follow these tips to create a safer kitchen environment:
Clean out the kitchen on a regular basis
It’s easy to simply throw the latest food purchases on the shelf and walk away, but it’s important to come back and clean out the cabinets.
Store food at the right temperature
The temperature can affect how long items last in your fridge. It’s important to set the refrigerator below 40 degrees Fahrenheit. A temperature of 35 degrees Fahrenheit works for most households. The freezer needs a different setting, and 0 degrees Fahrenheit or less usually works best.
Store foods separately
The raw chicken needs to be separated from the kale leaves.
Buy several cutting boards
Using one for raw meat, one for other raw items, and a separate one for other foods can help you avoid contamination in the kitchen.
Pay attention to food safety while using a grill
Grilling can be a fun activity for the entire family, but food safety is still important.
Get a food thermometer
A food thermometer can help you figure out the temperature of your cooking. Judging a turkey or other food by sight alone can be tricky. A thermometer makes it easier to stay healthy and safe.
It’s no fun, and could seriously risk your life if you get sick from old food or cross-contamination! Help keep your family safe and healthy by following these food safety tips.