From picnics to dinner parties and BBQs, summer is the time of the year when there are many occasions for cooking.
Whether you’re entertaining guests or creating a delicious masterpiece here are simple tips to prepare food safely.
1. Clean Hands & Surfaces
Wash your hands prior to handling food. If you have any cuts or sores on your hands, keep them covered and wear food handling gloves. As for cooking surfaces, make sure they are clean and thoroughly washed - especially if any surfaces have had contact with raw food.
2. Check Before Use
When you’re hungry, it’s easy to grab anything from the fridge. Slow down, tiger. Check for signs of rot and mould first. Check for unusual odours. Check the use by dates. It takes only a few minutes. You can store food in containers with labelled dates to make identification easier.
3. Avoid Cross Contamination
Keep your raw and cooked food separated. Cross contamination may inadvertently occur when juices from raw meat drip onto other foods whilst in storage. It can also occur when using just one cutting board for all food types and when using the same utensils for both raw and cooked foods.
4. Cook Thoroughly
Don’t take shortcuts when it comes to cooking poultry, seafood and meats as eating undercooked foods can cause bacterial or viral infections. To ensure your food is cooked thoroughly, you can use a food thermometer.
5. Keep Food at Safe Temperatures
As a general rule, once food is cooked it should be eaten or placed in the refrigerator within two hours. The danger zone for bacterial growth is 5°C to 60°C and food that has been in these temperatures for more than 4 hours should be thrown out.¹
With these safety tips, we hope your meals this summer will be both safe and delicious. Now get out there and cook up a storm!
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