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10 Critical Ways To A Perfectly Food-Safe Kitchen


Anyone who's ever experienced a case of food poisoning knows how excruciating the discomfort can be, not to mention that the situation can lead to death in certain cases. It pays to be a little cautious in your handling of food items. Food Safety expert Terry Nicholls gives us some valuable pointers in the following article:

Food poisoning is related to unsafe food, a dirty kitchen, and dirty kitchen appliances. If you follow some safety rules, food poisoning will never occur.

Your Refrigerator

1. Freezing does NOT kill bacteria; it only controls their growth. Common bacteria grow rapidly at 60 F to 120 F. Keep the temperature of the refrigerator below 50 F. Keep the freezer temperature at about 0 F.

2. Don't take foods out of the refrigerator until you're ready to cook them.

Dishwashing

3. Clean well with hot water to kill bacteria.

4. If washing dishes by hand, leave them to drain rather than using a tea towel. If you use a tea towel, change it often. Paper towels are a better option.

5. Dishcloths are a prime spot for bacteria to grow and multiply. Wash them regularly with hot water or in the washing machine using the hot cycle with antibacterial products.

Cooking

6. Cook thoroughly to kill bacteria but don't overcook to the point of charring. It may form amine compounds that may cause cancer. Don't cook food partially and leave it to cook later.

7. Wash your hands thoroughly with an antibacterial soap before and after cooking.

8. Wash vegetables thoroughly. Wash all lentils, legumes, rice, etc. with lots of water. These are often treated with powder, polish, and even colors to make them attractive.

9. When you want to use leftovers, heat them to a high temperature so that any bacteria that may have multiplied in the refrigerator will be killed. Throw away any leftover food after it has been reheated once.

10. Don't cook if you have a cut on your hand as cuts and scratches harbor many bacteria.

About The Author
Terry Nicholls is the author of the eBook "Food Safety: Protecting Your Family From Food Poisoning". In addition, he writes from his own experiences in trying to start his own home-based business. To benefit from his success, visit My Home-Based Business Advisor - Helping YOUR Home Business Start and Succeed for free help for YOUR home business, including ideas, startup, and expansion advice.
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You might wish to print this article and place it on a notice board or inner pantry door in your kitchen. Prevention is always more effective than cure, so if you've learned something new in Terry's article, please start using it today.

And please don't use frugality as a rationalization for eating spoiled or suspect food. Anyone who's ever experienced food poisoning knows how distressing that experience can be. Trying to save a few pennies by not throwing 'good' food away is a dangerous and potentially life-threatening choice. Put your health and that of your family first.





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