We all know basic food handling rules, like washing our fruits and veggies and keeping our milk in the fridge. But there are a ton of mistakes that you could be making without even knowing it. Keep your food safe and yourself healthy by avoiding these food safety mistakes:
You Rinse Your Poultry Before You Cook It: This is something that many people do to avoid the risk of salmonella. You need to be careful about cross contamination when you’re handling raw poultry, but rinsing your meat can spread bacteria to your sink or faucet. After you get your chicken cooking, be sure to wash your hands with soap and water and clean any area that your poultry may have touched. Also remember to never use the same cutting board for meat and vegetables– this is one of the quickest ways to make you sick.
You Keep Your Produce Out After After you Cut It: This is a big no-no. Once you chop up your fruit and vegetables, you have accelerated the spoiling process. Put your produce immediately into the fridge after cutting it, to avoid risking them losing their vital nutrients and minerals through oxidation. Storing your fruits and veggies in an airtight container in the fridge will keep them fresh and prolong their shelf life.
You Let Your Food Sit Out For Hours: Picnic, BBQ and party season is in full swing–so that means lots of buffets sitting out for hours. Next time you set up for a party, remember that nothing should sit out for more than two hours. Keep a larger container of the food in the fridge and serve up smaller portions throughout the day, replenishing the dishes. You’ll keep a steady stream of food coming out, and will make sure it’s all safe!
You Aren’t Freezing Your Food Properly :Make sure to double wrap food when it’s being placed in the freezer so that ice crystals don’t form and ruin the texture and taste. And always make sure to keep your freezer at zero degrees or lower, to maximize your food’s preservation.
In order to minimize bacteria and maximize the length of time that your food stays fresh, it is important that your refrigerator keeps a consistent temperature under 40° F. If your refrigerator feels warm and you suspect that it isn’t operating properly, call Speedy Sub Zero at 866-782-9376. We have served New York City and Long Island residents for more than 75 years and offer 24/7 emergency service, so call us for a quick repair done in the comfort of your own home.