When we think of healthy cooking, we usually think of cooking with healthy ingredients but today I'm writing about keeping our cooking germ-free to avoid illness. During the holidays we all enjoy hosting and visiting our friends and family. These visits almost always include tasty treats and holiday feasts . Food is definitely one of my favorite parts of the holiday season but with all the food prep happening, it is easy for some germs to get spread and some food contaminated. It's nice to give and receive gifts this time of year but food poisoning shouldn't be one of them!
The Hygiene Council has a fabulous website that gives lots of tips and info on keeping your home healthy and hygienic. After checking it out I learned some interesting (and slightly scary) things. Did you know your sink contains 100,000 more germs than your toilet?! If you want to go give your sink a scrub, I'll wait... oh yeah, while your at it, throw those dish cloths in the wash because 9 out of 10 kitchen cloths have unsatisfactory levels of bacteria.
With all this bacteria hanging around our kitchens, it's extremely important that we are mindful when preparing and storing food. Here are some great tips from the Hygiene Council website:
- use different knives and cutting boards for meat and fruits and veggies
- always cook meat to the recommended internal temperature
- don't leave cooked food at room temperature for more than two hours
- do not reheat food more than once
- disinfect the inside of your fridge and wipe of food drips and spills
- use foot operated trash bins to reduce the spread of germs to your hands
Disclosure: I am part of the Lysol® Healthy Families Ambassador Program by Mom Central. I received compensation as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.