Quick Food Safety Facts to Know

Washing, cooking and storing food
January 25, 2013

It can be easy to assume that you know what you need to about food safety, but you may just be surprised at things you do not know. 
The truth is, when foods are not handled correctly, they can pose a very real threat. You certainly do not want to take chances with the safety and health of you and your family. Below are great food safety quick facts. Some of them may be things that you know, but most likely, you will learn something that can help you out.

Washing

Here are some tips that have to do with keeping things cleaned and washed:

  • Wash your hands and dry them with a separate towel, not the dish towel.
  • Always wash countertops with disinfectant cleaner, especially after cutting raw meats.
  • Use a different chopping board for vegetables from meats.
  • If serving raw fruits or vegetables, make sure to wash them first.

Always remember to wash your hands before cooking, after handling raw meats, and after finishing the meal.

Cooking

When it comes to cooking foods, it is important to continue with your food safety practices:

  • Meats should always reach an internal temperature of 75 degrees Celsius.
  • Foods should always be cooked according to packaged instructions.
  • Leftovers should always be thoroughly reheated before consuming.
  • Meats should have juices that run clear when they are cooked thoroughly.

It is extremely important to ensure that you are cooking foods thoroughly to avoid food poisoning.

Storing

Finally, you need to follow proper practices when storing foods as well.

  • Food should not be left out for more than two hours. The leftovers should be stored promptly after cooking.
  • The refrigerator should be set to five degrees Celsius or lower.
  • Defrost meats in the refrigerator and not at room temperature.

Practising proper food safety is simply a must to stay safe from food poisoning. If you follow these quick tips, you can make sure you stay safe in the kitchen.