Handling foods correctly in your home is a great way to prevent spreading viruses. When handled correctly your food will be safe to eat. Correct food handling will also ensure that your foods do not spoil as quickly. From the time you buy foods to the time you serve it to your family, your foods need to be handled in the right way.
Correct food handling procedures should be followed through, buying and storage, cooking, cooling, reheating, and serving. During this informative series, we’ll share the knowledge that we have learned over the years of handling foods. Starting with general safe food handling tips:
Start With Washing
Before you go shopping, make sure that you wash your hands thoroughly. When you return from your visit to the store, wash your hands, and the fruits and veggies you bought. Always make sure that you wash your hands before touching foods. Don’t forget to wash your work surfaces as well.
Focus On Your Hands
Avoid wiping your hands on your clothing. When you do this, you can easily transfer bacteria from your clothes to your hands and then to your foods. If you need to clean your hands during food preparation always make sure that you wash them with soap and water. Drying your hands should be done with paper towels that can be disposed of.
You should wash your hands before starting to work with foods, before eating, before and after handling raw meats, after coughing or sneezing, and after touching your hair or face. It is also suggested that you wash your hands after handling food off-cuts, packaging materials, and cleaning chemicals.
Food Prep Areas
Before starting your food preparations you need to make sure the surfaces you’ll be using are clean and disinfected. Start by wiping the surfaces down with a mild detergent and water. Then dry them using paper towels. Next, use a disinfectant mixture sprayed onto the surface to kill germs. Once cleaned, wash the surfaces with water again and dry using paper towels.
When handling raw meats avoid touching veggies and cooked meats. Whenever possible complete raw meat handling before moving on to other foods. Touching raw meats and then other food items transfer bacteria which would then be consumed. These bacteria could drastically weaken the immune system.
How To: Washing Hands
- Wet hands
- Apply soap to hands and wrists
- Later for 20 seconds
- Rinse hands
- Dry hands with disposable paper towels