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Saturday, May 16, 2009

it's summer time ...

(here in the northern hemisphere, anyway) and the eating can be freaky. in the interests of safe hygiene, here's a few tips on keeping food safe:

Raw meat: Meats such as chicken, pork, and beef - especially ground meats - can harbor dangerous bacteria that are capable of causing serious illness or even death. You can avoid this type of food poisoning by using a separate cutting board to prepare meat and by thoroughly washing all surfaces and utensils that have come in contact with the meat. In addition, make sure you thoroughly wash your hands before touching any other foods, utensils, or surfaces.

Eggs: Raw eggs have been associated with salmonella poisoning. To prevent illness, avoid eating raw eggs, keep your eggs refrigerated, and make sure you use your eggs immediately after cracking.

Fruits and vegetables: The surfaces of fruits and vegetables may be contaminated with pesticides and bacteria. Proper cleaning before use can prevent potential health risks. Thoroughly wash all fruits and vegetables - including the kind that come in the plastic bags all prepped - before eating, and avoid contact with raw meats, seafood, and eggs.

Fish: Fish must be used soon after purchasing. Keep it refrigerated until you're ready to cook it, and never defrost frozen fish under hot water. Instead, submerge frozen fish in cold water for quick defrosting, or allow it to defrost overnight in the refrigerator. In addition, it's a good idea to wash fish before cooking and, as with meat, thoroughly clean surfaces and utensils after preparation.

1 comment:

Martha said...

Cleanliness is next to Godliness and all that!