Tips for Keeping Your Kitchen Clean and Healthy
When you start considering sanitation and safety in your kitchen, you first have to consider good cleaning habits.
Do you think food sanitation is a third world problem? Think again. Your kitchen is loaded with all kinds of problems. Take a look in your freezer compartment. How many frozen foods do you have that have been there for a year? How about five years? Old food is not safe food.
Now take a look in your refrigerator. Do you see that leftover chicken salad? How old is the milk in that carton? The shelves. Are there food stains on them? All of this are carriers of bacteria and germs that can cause problems.
Check that produce you just bought at the market. Has it been cleaned? Whatever you bring home from the market needs to be checked closely. I have found insects, mold, and discoloration that shows it is old produce. You can make your produce a lot safer from just washing it first.
Keeping your kitchen safe just isn’t about cleaning either. It’s about buying, storing, washing, thawing, cooking, and proper tasting. Like using a finger for taste? I don’t think so. Those signs in restrooms at restaurants, that say, “All employees wash your hands,” are there for a reason. This rule is where it all begins with food preparation. Wash everything.
One way to help protect your kitchen, is by having a sanitation Food Safety Tool Kit. The kit should contain the following items.
- An eyedropper for making a solution of bleach and water for cleaning.
- A spray bottle for sanitizing counters and tables.
- A box of disposable rubber gloves.
- Instant read thermometer for measuring food temperature.
- A refrigerator thermometer for storage temperatures.
- A marker to mark dates on wrappers of frozen foods and refrigerated containers.
- Charts on different temperatures needed for storage as well as recommendations for periods of times for storage.
- Disposable handy wipes for spills.
Anything else that you can think of to keep your kitchen safe should be included in this kit.
Old items need to go. Things like old sponges and scrubbers need to be sanitized or just pitched from time to time. Sponges especially will pick up and hold bacteria.
Keep counter tops, stove tops, and tables clean. Many times these get neglected or just given a quick once over. Keeping your kitchen safe is very important when fighting the possibility of bacteria. A clean kitchen means better health for you and your family.