Starting the day for a mom is usually spending atleast an hour of rush hour in the kitchen. More so during your child’s school days.Before I step into the kitchen I prefer having a shower with a fistful of rock salt in my bath tub. They say that salt has the power to dissipate negativity.A lot of us juggle multi-tasking in the kitchen and it is imperative to ensure that the rules of good hygiene must be closely followed in the kitchen.One of my major pet peeves is to see someone cooking with jewellery or nail paint on.
The health aspect of the food that we eat depends on how we cook it. You do not want a bit of your chipped nail paint in your food. The germs, dirt and bacteria that lurk around the jewelry you wear would be in the food you eat. So, do ensure to remove that bling and the nail paint before you start cooking.
For me personal hygiene is an important factor in food safety as well. Our unclean hands, dirty clothing, uncovered hair and improper habits in a kitchen can cause food contamination through bacteria, dirt or germs which could lead to food poisoning.
Here Are some Basic Hygiene Rules You Should Follow in the Kitchen
- Personal Hygiene
- Wash your hands properly.
- Wash them when you first get to the kitchen.
- Wash them when you switch working from raw meats to vegetables or fruits.
- Wash them anytime your hands become self contaminated. For example after sneezing and coughing into your hand or after using the washroom.
- Never cook in loose clothes and always tie long hair back or wear hairnet while cooking.
- Don’t handle food with open sores or cuts on your hand. Use thin plastic gloves or finger cots in this case.
2. The Food : After use, immediately wash any board and knife used for raw meat. Wash your hands, too.
- Cool food as quickly as possible before putting it into containers to take home. This can be done by putting it into shallow containers, and stirring regularly. Placing the pot or pan into an ice bath also works well.
- Foods should be refrigerated or frozen as soon as possible. Bacteria will grow if food is left out at room temperature.
- It is recommended that cooked meals be kept up to 3 days in the refrigerator and up to 3 months in the freezer.
- When reheating meals at home, be sure to get the food up to the proper temperature – the food should be steaming hot.
- Follow the old saying “If in doubt, throw it out.” If you are concerned that food might be spoiled or unsafe to eat, don’t take chances. Throw it out!3.Kitchen surface : The sponges and cloths that you use for cleaning the kitchen surfaces, can become breeding grounds for bacteria. Because they often remain damp, germs multiply easily, and you then end up spreading the germs around the kitchen when you wipe down other surfaces, so change them frequently. I soak them regularly in Dettol multi-purpose disinfectant to kill the germs, or use kitchen paper towels.
4.Bin: The bin is an obvious source of germs in any kitchen. Always use a lid because it can reduce the smell as well as preventing pests from getting inside, and remember to empty and disinfect the bin on a regular basis.
5.Fridge: Germs can spread easily in the fridge if proper care is not taken. Keep raw meat separate from other food and always keep it at the bottom of the fridge to prevent it dripping. Always clean inside the fridge regularly with disinfectant, paying particular attention to the lower levels.
6. Food preparation area: Any zone where food is prepared presents a potential health hazard, including worktops and chopping boards. This is especially true when surfaces are used to prepare raw meat. Use color-coded chopping boards for different types of foods, and always clean all surfaces thoroughly after use with disinfectant to avoid contamination.
7.The Walls: The walls can easily harbour harmful germs. Cracks and holes in the walls are difficult to clean properly, and the walls are often touched by people in the kitchen who don’t realise they are transmitting germs. Clean the walls regularly,
8.The Floor: The kitchen floor receive a lot of foot traffic and also the place where scraps and drips of food accumulate. Wipe up spills immediately. Keep the floor dry so that no one slips and falls. Clean the floor every day, and always discard any food that comes into contact with the floor.
9.Utensils :Make sure that all utensils that are not cleaned thoroughly after use. Pay particular attention to tricky items like food processors and blenders making sure that all residue is removed thoroughly.
- After wash tumble dry them and don’t wipe with a cloth.
10. Areas in frequent contact: Various areas around the kitchen will be touched more than others, especially the storage containers, the light switch, door handles, the taps, the fridge handle and drawer handles. Germs can spread easily when you touch these areas, so always make sure you keep them clean.
11. The Sink :Sinks remain wet most of the time, which is perfect for the growth of bacteria, so make sure you regularly clean the sink as well as the taps because these are often touched after handling food. Use Drainex to de-clog those pipes.
( Fashion & lifestyle Blogger with ReviseDiet)