The safety and sanitary conditions inside of the kitchen are some of the utmost importance. We often cook in our houses without thinking about food safety. As a chef I am always stressing food safety to my employees. I have a saying in the kitchen at work, “if you got time to lean, you got time to clean”. Now it’s to our readers. washing hands, cleaning countertops, keeping certain food cold and others hot. Food safety is as important as learning how to boil pasta. It’s a fundamental if you want to be a successful home cook or are thinking about the culinary field as an occupation. Food Safety Training is essential.
Now some food safety is out of our control but important to pay attention too. Items in the news that have been recalled are also worthy of your attention. These days it seems a E. Coli breakout in your peanut butter or chicken/eggs is as common as snow in NYC. When it happens look out for it! Some things I’ve learned to help manage food safety in your life are as followed.
- Always wash your hands before and after handling food
- Try to buy free range or organic meat & vegetables when available
- When working with raw meat always wash any surface it touches, there are bacteria that are on raw meat that can be dangerous before cooked
- Always wash vegetables you get from the grocery store before using, ever notice in a produce section how many people’s hands pick up vegetables to see if it is “the right one for them”. Remember people’s hands are a germs breeding ground. Who knows if Jim washed his hands after using the bathroom and then fondled the tomatoes that are for sale.
- I cannot stress it enough, wash your hands.
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For any comments or questions about Food Safety you can email Chef Frank @ Frank@HeavenlyEating.com