12/04/16: Top Food Safety Tips When Eating at Home

cooking at homeEating at home might be cheaper and than eating at a restaurant, and it might guarantee a healthier meal than take-away. However, if you’re eating at home, it’s all up to you to maintain food safety. You don’t have an inspector coming in and letting you know what you’re doing right like restaurants do, and you most likely don’t have any formal training on how to properly manage food safety.

So to help out, we’ve listed some key and simple food safety tips you can follow to ensure that you handle all foods properly when you choose to cook and eat at home.

1. Always Refrigerate Leftovers Quickly

Keeping food at the right temperature is key. When dealing with food safety, the term Danger-Zone is often mentioned. This refers to temperatures between 5°C an 60°C and is when bacteria will start to grow more rapidly. In order to avoid the Danger-Zone, foods should be kept at the right temperatures. Hot food should be kept warm and then cooled down quickly. To do this, you need to divide food into small, airtight containers and refrigerate it no more than two hours after it’s been taken off the heat.

2. Never Eat Uncooked Eggs

These foods can contain salmonella, which can cause food poisoning. Never buy damaged or cracked eggs, and avoid raw-egg dishes like mayonnaise. Eggs should be stored in the refrigerator and then always cooked thoroughly before consumption.

3. Do Not Leave Meats Out to Defrost

It may seem quicker and easier to leave frozen meat out on the counter so that it can defrost by the time you’re ready to cook, but this can be dangerous and can lead to bacterial contamination. Make sure to allow yourself enough time and defrost the meat in the refrigerator or in the microwave.

4. Wash your Hands

You need to wash your hands often when you’re cooking in the kitchen. This includes before and after touching any raw meats, before touching vegetables, and after you have finished cooking. It’s best to get in the habit of washing your hands as often as possible.

5. Always Follow Temperature Directions

High-risk foods, like those that contain meats or eggs, need to be heated to at least 75°C to make sure you reduce the number of bacteria to a safe level. Similarly, these foods must be kept refrigerated under 5°C and frozen under – 15°C

Eating at home can make you a healthier and happier person and you don’t have to be a food safety expert in order to ensure your foods are safe to eat at home.

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