Use These 6 Food Safety Tips In The Kitchen to Stay Healthy

Do you know the importance of food safety? Use these 6 food safety tips in the kitchen to stay healthy.

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Do you clean out the fridge and cabinets in your kitchen regularly? Food safety in the kitchen is vitally important for keeping yourself and your family healthy.

Use the food safety tips in the kitchen to create a safer, healthier, stress-free kitchen environment:

  1.  Make it a priority to clean out the kitchen regularly, at least every week. I know how tempting it can be to simply throw the latest food purchases on the shelf and walk away because you have to rush off to your next pressing appointment or duty, but it’s really important to come back and clean out the cabinets. If you can’t do it because of time, then get someone else to do it. Cleaning the shelves can help you discover expired items. It can also help you find spoiled foods that need to be thrown our so that you won’t inadvertently use them when hastily putting a meal together.
  1. Always make sure you are using the right temperature to store.  Using the right temperature can affect how long items last in your fridge. It’s important to set the refrigerator below 40 degrees Fahrenheit. A temperature of 35 degrees Fahrenheit works for most households. The freezer needs a different setting, and 0 degrees Fahrenheit or less usually works best.
  1. Always Store foods separately.  To avoid cross-contamination, you need to store foods separately.  So don’t store the raw chicken with the kale leaves.  They need to be stored separately!
  •  It’s important to store raw foods like meat in a separate location from other frozen items like prepackaged lasagna.  Since frozen lasagna only needs to be heated , it can be stored apart from the meat in the freezer.
  • Use freezer bags and other storage bags to separate and store food items.  They are perfect for separate food items for storage and organizing your fridge, freezer, and cabinets for optimal food safety. You could also invest in this food saver vacuum sealing system to keep your food items safe during storage
  •  Separating raw meat or seafood from other ingredients is also essential when you are preparing and cooking food. Cross-contamination is a real threat and can easily occur on kitchen counters, so it’s best to keep food items in their own locations.
  1. Invest in several cutting boards.  This is one of he food safety tips in the kitchen that I learned recently.  Until recently, I had one cutting board, but after learning about the potential for cross-contamination I realized that I need several cutting boards, one cutting board for raw meat, one for other raw items, and a separate one for other foods.  I even learned that I should get separate cutting boards for raw meat and raw fish to avoid contamination in the kitchen.
  • When you clean your cutting boards try washing them in warm water and soap.  That’s the best way to kill of any bacteria that may be lurking on the cutting boards.
  1. Don’t forget to pay attention to food safety while using a grill. Grilling can be a fun activity for the entire family, but food safety is still important, so don’t slacken off when it comes to cooking on the grill. Especially during summer time when grilling is popular, it’s important to make sure that all precautions are taken when it comes to food safety.
  •  The grill must be clean.  That’s the first step to staying safe. It’s vitally important to completely remove crusted food and other debris from it before cooking. A strong wire brush can help you clean the slots on a grill. Don’t skip this or you will be exposing your family, friends and loved ones to health risks.
  • Use different plates when grilling to separate food that is cooked from food that is not (yet) cooked. This may seem unimportant but it really is an essential point.  Keep cooked foods separated from uncooked food when grilling.  The best way to do that is by using separate plates for the cooked and uncooked food.
  • Pay attention to the utensils you use at the grill as well. Use two sets to be extra safe and to avoid contamination. One set for the cooked food and one set for the uncooked food will make it easier to stay safe.
  • Pay attention to how you marinate. The marinade that is used on the raw items needs to be disposed of properly.
  1. Invest in a good food thermometer. A good food thermometer will help you pinpoint the exact temperature of your cooking. Guessing if a turkey ( or other food) is done just by looking at it can be tricky. A thermometer makes it easier to stay healthy and safe and is well worth the investment.
  • If you are cooking ground meat, make sure that it reaches a temperature of 160 degrees Fahrenheit.  It must reach that temperature to be safe.
  • Poultry is a stable dish in just about every home. It needs to reach a temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit to be safe. Pork requires a lower temperature of 145 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Another good use for a thermometer is to test the food throughout the cooking process.  This is a good way to make sure that its not overcooked.
  • To get accurate readings, you need to insert the thermometer into a thick part of the food.

No one wants to expose family and friends to getting seriously ill from old food or cross-contamination, so using these food safety tips in the kitchen is a must!  Make it a priority to invest in the tools and kitchen gadgets needed to help keep your family safe and healthy. And make it a TOP priority to follow and implement these food safety tips in the kitchen.

Please Share Your Thoughts 

In the comments below, share with us:

1. What do you do to stay safe with food preparation?
2. What is your go-to kitchen accessory for easy food prep and safety?

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