4 Tips To Help You Avoid Bacteria When Cooking
Kitchen germs may cause a wide range of diseases. Some of them just lead to unpleasant consequences like diarrhea, vomiting or abdominal cramps but others can lead to serious illnesses even death. To protect yourself and your family you should think more about your cooking habits and your kitchen hygiene because all of these are symptoms for food-born illness. What a better moment than now to start keeping bacteria and parasites out of your food and kitchen. The more you delay it, the higher the risk of catching a disease becomes.
The germs that grow in your food are so small that you can't really see them. The sad reality is that they don't even change the smell or the colour of the food and it's impossible to know if there are any germs in your meal or not. The only thing you can do is to try preventing bacteria from growing in your food. There are actually three possible ways for bacteria to enter your kitchen and then your eating: before, during or after food preparation.
- The bacteria can be in the food before we even bring it home.
- Most times contamination happens during cooking.
- In some cases the food gets contaminated after the preparation or during storage.
Don't let the germs win the battle!
We are not able to control the quality of food before we buy it. We can only be careful about what we buy. That's why we should concentrate on preventing food from contamination during preparation. And what a better way than keeping our kitchen in an immaculately clean condition.
Most of the old kitchen helpers we use when cleaning are the ones which are the most dangerous. For example the sponges and the towels we use every day are warm and moistened which creates a perfect environment for bacteria to grow. A plastic scrub brush may be a better choice, because it resists the bacteria in a better way. But if it's more comfortable for you to use towels and sponges you must wash them every day with extremely hot water and replace them with new every week. At least that's what professional cleaners suggest. You can try to put the sponges in the dishwasher this will kill 99% of the bacteria.
Every time before you start with the actual cooking make sure all the countertops and utensils are well washed with soap and hot water straight before and after you use them. I don't recommend the use of antibacterial wipes but if you still do, throw them out after the first use.
When you wash dishes, raw meet, vegetables or fish, you have to clean not only the sink after. Drain and disposal need sanitizing as much as the sink does. A smart solution is to use diluted bleach.
Keep the cleanliness in your kitchen and the bad germs at bay. Try to prevent bacteria from entering your home or growing in your food. That's the secret of keeping you, your family, and what you eat as healthy as possible.