Why is Food Hygiene Important?
How do you clean your food? Are you storing it correctly? When you prepare a meal, do you use clean utensils? Food hygiene is such an important part of a healthy, happy family lifestyle. Disease can spread really easily, especially when the bacteria found in raw chicken and fish contaminate other food. Here are some tips on how to make sure you serve your children fresh, hygienic meals every day.
How to prepare and clean your food
Washing your hands is only the beginning when it comes to cooking a meal for your family. Make sure you are aware of these cleaning and preparation rules when making food.
1. Wash all fruit and vegetables before serving them fresh to your kids. Just think about the different steps food takes to get from the farm to your table. Many hands have touched it, not to mention the many different environments it has passed through on the way to you. That’s why it’s so important to wash away any nasty germs
2. Don’t eat food that is past its sell by date. Ever!
3. Avoid contaminating cooked food by using clean utensils and chopping boards for different types of foods, paying special attention to keeping cooked and raw meats or fish separate
4. Clean knives and chopping boards thoroughly with soap and warm water after use so that bacteria doesn’t spread
How to store your food
Leaving food out of the fridge or a proper storage area is not a good idea. There are also different ways to preserve different food types. Here are some suggestions on how to store food so that it retains its nutritional value and keeps your kids in optimal health.
1. Keep food covered so that flies, cockroaches and other insects can’t get to it. These insects carry pathogens, which can be harmful to your family’s health
2. Store foods at the correct temperature. Remember, bacteria can multiply in temperatures between 5 and 60 degrees Celsius and that can lead to food poisoning. So meat and milk, for example, must always be kept in the fridge when not being used
3. Refrigerate all leftover food as soon as it has cooled down
4. Store raw meat, chicken and fish separately to other produce to prevent the spread of harmful bacteria