Studies show that the kitchen is the place where germs are most likely to be found. Here are a few tips for keeping the kitchen a safe place to prepare food.
1. If you only remember one thing when in a kitchen remember this……. WASH YOUR HANDS! Germs spread very easily between our hands and food so having a clean pair of hands before engaging in any food prep or cooking is essential. Washing your hands properly when touching raw meat, after going to the toilet and after using the bin can significantly help to reduce the spread of harmful bacteria such as E. coli and salmonella. Using anti-bacterial hand washes and wipes make a real difference in hand and kitchen hygiene.
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2. Cook Properly. If you a are a professional chef reading this then you are probably thinking this stuff is obvious! But it is surprising how many people under cook food. If food is under cooked (especially meat and poultry) then there is an increased risk of harmful bacteria being ingested which can cause food poisoning. If in doubt cut into such foods such as chicken, sausages, burgers and other cuts of meat to check they are fully cooked all the way through.
3. Storage. Correct storage of food in kitchens is as important as correct cooking. When storing food in fridges or coolers make sure the food is at room temperature or lower. Putting warm food in a fridge means the food does not cool evenly and therefore can cause food poisoning. Cover your food too, food left out in the open is vulnerable to bacteria.
4. Washing Fruit and Veg. When handling fresh fruit and vegetables it is always advisable to wash them before using them. Washing fruit and veg can help remove harmful germs and bacteria from the foods surface.
5. Cleaning Up. After cooking, cleaning up is very important. The average kitchen chopping board has around 200% more faecal bacteria on it than the average toilet seat and damp sponges and washing up brushes are a haven for bacteria. Washing and wiping down your kitchen equipment using the correct hygiene products can reduce the risk of cross-contamination dramatically. Are you using any of these products in your kitchen?Find out more about how Hygiene Wipes, the WIPEPOD® and our hand wash products can help you keep your kitchen clean.