Basic kitchen hygiene for the home
The Food Standards Agency (FSA) says there are an estimated 500,000 cases of food poisoning in the UK each year and many of these infections occur in the home. There are some simple ways to ensure that your kitchen can be kept clean and bacteria free.
Heating and washing food
The Daily Mail online has some simple guidelines on how to prepare food and maintain hygiene. Whether you buy your fruit and vegetables from a shop or from a market stall it’s important that you wash them well before use as they can be coated in pesticides or just general dirt. You should also ensure that all meat, especially poultry, is cooked to the correct temperature using a kitchen thermometer. A whole chicken should reach 80-85 centigrade and other meats should be approximately 70C. You should also take care when re-heating foodstuffs.
An online booklet produced by the global Hygiene Council gives important information regarding kitchen cleaning and how to prevent cross contamination.
This helpful guide should be followed if preparing food in the home, restaurant or any other food outlet. Surface cleaning is essential if someone in the house is ill or if there are pets around. Make sure that you use a good cleaning spray and a clean cloth as these can harbour more germs than the area you are cleaning. You should also always use a different chopping board for raw meat and another one for vegetables or precooked food.
It is important when storing frozen foods that you ensure that your freezer is set at the right temperature; this should be -18 centigrade. Another thing you should do is check that the food you have stored has not been there for too long. Everything has a maximum time limit that it can be frozen for. For example, meats can be kept for up to 12 months and fish can only be left for six months. The manufacturer of your freezer or fridge will give you a guide for time limits. Putting dates on your packaging will make sure you use the older products first.
Cleaning your hands
When preparing food for you or your family it’s important that you keep all areas clean and free from bacteria. It is also important that you wash your hands on a regular basis and Brosch Direct can supply you with the ideal cleansing liquids that are able to remove any unwanted bugs. Washing after using the toilet or between handling raw meats or fish is essential if you want to reduce the chances of getting a stomach bug.
Fridges and hidden germs
The fridge, which should be set at 0 to 5 degrees centigrade, can be a breeding ground for germs and should be cleaned on a regular basis. It is also important that items are placed on the correct shelves. The top level of your fridge should always be used for open sauces, jams or opened cans. The middle shelves can be used for cooked meats, ready meals or leftovers. On the bottom you should always put raw meats, fish and poultry, but always keep them well wrapped and apart from each other.