Food requires proper storing and handling to ensure safe consumption. We need to be extra careful when preparing our food to prevent contamination. One of the ways to minimise the risks of bacteria in your food is by keeping your kitchen and entire house clean.
Here are a few more pointers when it comes to handling and storing food:
It is all about proper packaging
Proper packaging is important to protect your food from bacteria and extend its shelf life. Store your leftovers immediately, as leaving them out in the open for too long may cause spoilage.
Always check the expiration date on the product’s packaging. If you are repackaging food to another container, make sure you indicate the expiration date. Expired food can cause food poisoning, and may even be fatal without immediate treatment.
Wash your food and your hands.
Wash meat products thoroughly before storing or cooking; the same goes for fruits and vegetables. Bacteria can grow on the skin and leaves of fruits and vegetables, so it is best to place them under running water before cooking or eating.
Wash your hands properly when handling food. Our hands are among the common means of bacterial transfer. Food authorities also recommend wearing gloves if you have a cut or a small injury on your hands.
Utensils and appliances and should be clean.
There are times when washing might not be enough to get rid of bacteria. Sterilise your utensils regularly to remove any contaminants or bacteria that may transfer to your food. A quick soak in boiled water helps in killing bacteria on your utensils.
Use separate cutting boards for meat and vegetables to avoid cross-contamination — wash and dry cutting boards immediately after use.
Separate your food.
Store your food in different containers; do not place different vegetables and fruits in one large bowl. This helps in preventing the quick spread of bacteria. Do not dump everything in your refrigerator, as this can spread germs easily.
Throw away food that has been in your fridge for too long. It is easier to overlook food items inside your refrigerator if there is too much in it. Label your food with information and indicate how long you intend to keep them.
People have this tendency to grab whatever is in sight and eat it, especially little children. Implement these food safety precautions to minimise tummy aches and other problems.