Every time someone gets sick after they eat, the food is the first to get blamed. While food can make you sick, there are other offenders hiding in your kitchen. Food safety doesn’t pertain strictly to what you eat, but also to cooking utensils, storage containers, and other kitchen items. Here’s a short list of the germiest things in your kitchen.
Cutting Boards – First things first, your kitchen should have two of these bad boys. One should be strictly used for raw meat and poultry, while the other can be used for fruits, veggies, and fully prepared meat that is ready to be sliced. This will help you avoid cross-contamination and any foodborne illness such as salmonella.
The cutting boards can be made from either wood or plastic. If you choose the wooden path make sure it is made from hardwood, such as oak or maple. Wooden cutting boards need to be cleaned with a stiff bristled brush under warm soapy water to get rid of any contaminants. Plastic cutting boards can simply be washed in the dishwasher, which is why they are usually preferred.
Sponges – According to NSF International, kitchen sponges contain more hazardous microorganisms than any other place in your home. In order to avoid getting sick from your sponges, replace them regularly or clean them in one of these ways:
- Microwave sponges for two minutes. More than 99 percent of the germs will be destroyed.
- Run them through the dishwasher.
- Boil the sponge for one minute on the stove top.
Kitchen Towels – This kitchen sidekick has multiple uses: it can be used for drying dishes, wiping down your counters, or removing hot pans from the oven. While it is convenient, the kitchen towel was not meant for every task you use it for. That’s how cross-contamination of germs can start. Instead, use multiple towels for different tasks to prevent a spread of germs throughout the kitchen.
Everything Else – There are many items in your kitchen that have the potential to contain an immense amount of germs. NSF International created a list of additional items in your kitchen that contain a high amount of germs. The list includes: refrigerator vegetable and meat compartments, blender gaskets, can openers, rubber spatulas, and food storage containers with rubber seals. To see the full list, click here.
Items and appliances in your kitchen that can be taken apart, should be in order for proper cleaning; this includes blenders, spatulas, and even refrigerators. If you are cleaning your refrigerator out and you notice that it isn’t keeping your food cold or appears to be broken, call Speedy Subzero to come and fix it. With over 75 years of experience, our trained technicians will fix whatever the issue is. Give us a call at (866) 782-9376 today!
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