Your health depends on how intelligently you handle raw and cooked food. Food always should be stored and cooked safely. If you are even a little on the safety front you can end up with an upset stomach and severe case of foods poisoning. The annual cost of foods poisoning in the US is as much as $78 Billion.
You need to take several precautions while handling and cooking foods. What are those precautions we will discuss them now.
1. Do not taste food to check if it is good
The bacteria that cause food poisoning cannot be tasted or seen. So, do not taste food to find out if it has gone bad. Every food has a shelf life and you need to get rid of it past its shelf life.
2. Using the same plate for raw and cooked meat
Raw food can have germs which get killed during the cooking process. You must however take care in keeping raw and cooked food separate. Do not ever use the same plate for raw and cooked meat.
3. Thawing food in the open
You must thaw food safely in the cold water, in microwave or in the refrigerator. Thawing food in the open at room temperature is risky.
4. Don’t wash meat and poultry
When you wash meat and poultry in your kitchen sink you spread bacteria on the surface. So, avoid it.
5. Refrigerate perishable food quickly
You need to see that you refrigerate perishable food as quickly as possible. Don’t leave it out in the open.
6. Avoid eating uncooked eggs
Uncooked eggs can have germs. Avoid eating them. Cook them first.
7. Don’t marinate food at room temperature
Marinating food at room temperature can be dangerous. It invites bacteria. Always marinate food in the refrigerator.
8. Raw meat marinade should not be used on cooked food
Raw meat marinade should always be cooked and used. Don’t use it on cooked food.
9. Keep your hands clean
Wash your hands for 20 seconds with soap before touching your food. Keep them clean.
10. Cook your food properly
Undercooked meat, poultry, seafood, and eggs can have germs, cook them properly.
You can go through the gifographic given below and know all about keeping your food safe.