Kitchen sanitation is not only about the kitchen looking all clean and sparkly but also it is a must in order to maintain your health and keep you away from various diseases. Most of you might be surprised to know that the kitchen can be the host to a lot of germs, sometimes more than your bathroom too. Maintaining a clean and hygienic kitchen is one way to keep you out of harm’s way while at the same time it also contributes to the looks of the kitchen. Here are five simple tips on how to manage sanitation in the kitchen and prevent food borne diseases.
Personal hygiene is a must when it comes to doing kitchen work. Avoid handling food if sick. Cover cuts, abrasions, sores and burns; also bath or shower daily. Tie your hair back and make sure to clean your hands every time you touch your eyes, nose, mouth, a pet or an animal, sneezing or coughing, using the rest room or touching any dirty surface. Discard gloves after use.
Keep Your Kitchen Clean
You should make it a point to clean and disinfect your kitchen every once in a while. Make sure to clean up all dishes used in chopping, cutting vegetables or meat as well as all those dishes that are used for eating and cooking. Any spills should be wiped clean, it will reduce the risk of anyone falling or slipping aside from the dirty spot. Throw away wastes and leftovers properly, if they are not fit to be stored. If in doubt about the freshness of a food, it is better to throw it away.
Wash all vegetable and fruits that you bring into your kitchen. It is a good thing to do as fruits and vegetables sold in the market may contain pesticides or other medicines that may not be fit for human consumption. Meat also is to be handled with caution, wash it properly and wash all utensils, chopping boards and knifes etc used in cleaning it. Plastic chopping boards are a better option than wooden as germs can stay behind in the wooden board.
Raw food should be kept away from ready to eat or cooked food, and all food should be kept away from unclean objects or harmful chemicals. In fact the whole cooking area should be kept clear of things like soaps, sponges, dispensers or even soda bottles. Cover the food while preparing it. Don’t use crockery that has come into contact with other anything unclean. Avoid food that has been touched with unwashed hands, floor or any dirty equipment.
Store Food Properly
Food should be stored properly as failure to do so with result in its contamination. Do not freeze again food that you have thawed. Always use food-grade containers and food wraps to store food. Proper temperature in the fridge can help in preserving food and it nutrients longer. You should not freeze meat or mix it with vegetables or fruits. Thoroughly cooking food and quickly chilling it will prevent infection.