A “HEATED” SITUATION!

Safety Cooking Tip!

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Many people use oil for cooking their meals on a daily basis. There are three ways of many ways to stay safe when cooking with oil:

-Never leave the stove or cooking device unattended

-Try not to splash or spill the oil from the pan whilst cooking

-If the oil begins to smoke, this means the oil is too hot and needs to be turned off and carefully removed from the heat source

Stay safe in the kitchen!

Karina x

Copyright © 2016 by Karina Teuma

“PEAS” BE SAFE!

Kids Kitchen Safety Tips!

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It’s such a wonderful thing to teach kids how to cook. It’s an even more wonderful thing, when kids remain safe in the kitchen at all times. There are many checkpoints one can fulfil, when helping kids stay safe in the kitchen. The below are some examples of some cooking tasks which are relatively safe for kids to do:

  • Weigh small amounts of ingredients on the cooking scale
  • Place placemats on the dining table
  • Place serviettes on the dining table
  • Sprinkle food with fresh herbs or cheese
  • Pour small amounts of cold water into a bowl for the recipe
  • Mix the ingredients together using a wooden spoon, provided there are no harsh ingredients inside the bowl (e.g. chillies)

The above will enrich the cooking experience for children. The above will teach them valuable cooking skills, along with keeping them safe in the kitchen, away from sharp utensils, hot surfaces, electricity and many other hazards in the kitchen.

Enjoy!

Karina x

Copyright © 2015-2016 by Karina Teuma

SHARING ISN’T CARING!

Karina’s Anti-contamination Cooking Tips!

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Some times, sharing is caring. When it comes to germs, however, sharing isn’t caring and there are many things you can do in order to keep your food safe. A select few things you can do, are as follows:

  • Wash hands, benches, chopping boards, knives, utensils etc often, in order to prevent contamination.
  • Avoid cross-contamination. Use a chopping board for chopping vegetables and a separate chopping board for chopping meat, if you need to prepare a combined vegetable and meat based dish. Alternatively, you can use one chopping board, however, chop your veggies first, then clean the chopping board very well. After the board is clean again, use this board to chop your meat, then clean your board again.
  • Clean your chopping knife before and after chopping your vegetables and clean your chopping knife before and after chopping your meat.

Have fun and be safe in the kitchen!

Karina x

Copyright © 2015 by Karina Teuma

“SHOCKING” NEWS!

Karina’s Electrical Safety Cooking Tips!

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I thought I’d make this post very short. Of course, we can go into detail regarding electrical safety, however, the below two are a good start to go by:

  • Don’t stick a utensil (forks, knives etc) in a toaster to retrieve trapped toast. This may be a “shock” to your system.
  • Don’t use any electrical power chords which are damaged in any way. It could be “shocking” news if you did.

Have fun and be safe in the kitchen!

Karina x

Copyright © 2015 by Karina Teuma

NOT “KID”DING!

Karina’s Safety Cooking Tips!

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When thinking about kitchen safety, one thing always pops into my mind: how can we prevent kids from getting injured, whilst in the kitchen. Well, I’m not “Kid”ding about a few key tips, as follows:

  • Create a buffer zone, where you keep children at a safe distance away from flammable sources, such as stoves, ovens and toasters etc
  • Create a buffer zone, where you keep children at a safe distance away from slippery surfaces, such as wet tiles, etc
  • Create a buffer zone, where you keep children at a safe distance away from sharp objects, such as knives and blades, etc
  • Create a buffer zone, where you keep children at a safe distance away from hot water and hot water generating appliances, such as kettles and the hot water tap, etc
  • Generally, create a buffer zone, where you keep children at a safe distance away from anything which could possibly harm them.

I’m sure there are many other ways, you can help create a safer environment for kids, however, the above are just some examples.

Have fun and be safe!

Karina x

Copyright © 2015 by Karina Teuma

WE’VE GOT “CHEMISTRY!”

Karina’s Chemical Safety Cooking Tips!

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  • Separate your detergents and other chemicals from your food preparation areas
  • Whilst shopping, separate your chemicals from your food by placing your chemicals in different bags from your food
  • If you have young children, locking your detergents and other chemicals away would be a good idea
  • If you are out at a picnic, use food-safe grade wipes, to clean your cutlery, plates and cups

Be safe in the kitchen!

Enjoy!

Karina x

Copyright © 2015 by Karina Teuma

MY KITCHEN RULES!

At first glance, one may assume I may be speaking of the cooking show ‘My Kitchen Rules.’ Diving deeper, there is another meaning.

Let’s pretend I am a child right now, who has written down a set of rules for my parents, to help me stay safe in the kitchen.

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MY KITCHEN RULES:

  • Please don’t put me anywhere near harm in the kitchen.
  • Please store all your knives away from my innocent hands.
  • Please provide our home with fire extinguishers, fire blankets, a first aid kit, smoke/fire detectors and anything that will keep me safe.
  • Please clean your hands well before you cook for me, so you don’t contaminate my food.
  • Once you have finished cooking for me, please turn the stove and oven off because I would like to see my Mummy and Daddy again.
  • Please make me clean my hands before I eat.
  • Please keep that dead animal in the fridge, until you are ready to cook it for me.
  • Please make me healthy meals, that are low in saturated fat, so that I may be healthy. 
  • Please read the labels of the food you give to me, to make sure you are giving me the right nutrition. 
  • Please try to cook using fresh fruit, vegetables and lean meat. 
  • Please make sure it tastes good, so that I eat it. 
  • Please keep my pets away from where you are cooking, so they don’t get hurt and so they don’t make things dirty.

I’m sure there are more rules, so please help me stay safe along the way.

Thank you Mummy and Daddy,

Love Sam

Copyright © 2015 by Karina Teuma

‘Egg’spressing Egg Safety!

Karina’s ‘Egg’cellent Cooking Tip!

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Some things are an ‘Egg’cellent idea, however, leaving uncooked egg-based products out of the fridge, is not an ‘Egg’cellent idea at all. In fact, it is one of the worst ideas, when it comes to food safety. Leaving uncooked egg-based products out of the fridge, may cause food borne Salmonella outbreaks and this would not be good.

Although there are many ‘Egg’ceptional tips, when it comes to Egg safety, I will provide you with a select few:

  • If your eggs are cracked before you use them, it is safest to chuck them in the bin.
  • As soon as you prepare any raw egg-based products, such as Mayonnaise, make sure you place your raw egg-based products straight into your refrigerator and store it at 5°C or lower. Try and aim for 3°C or lower, in case the refrigerator is opened every now and then.
  • Leave your eggs in the carton, when refrigerating.
  • Maintain proper hand hygiene practices, when handling all food. Thoroughly clean your hands with an adequate cleanser and running water. Clean and dry your hands thoroughly, before and after handling any eggs or egg-based products.

Be safe in the Kitchen!

Karina x

Copyright © 2015 by Karina Teuma

Showing ‘dis-tain!

Karina’s Safety Cooking Tip!

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– Ensure your cooking utensils, equipment and kitchen surfaces are decontaminated prior to preparing your food.

– Ensure you use food safe substances to clean your serving plates and other serving gear.

– Ensure you don’t cross-contaminate food (please refer to my older post on cross-contamination).

– Ensure you clean up all spills ASAP, otherwise, you may cause ‘dis-tain’ by staining your kitchen and another areas of your home.

– Use a separate kitchen towel to dry your dishes and/or dry your hands.

The list will go on and on, however, I have focused on a select few for now.

So, if next time there’s a dirty cooking bench, you won’t need to show anyone any ‘dis-stain’!

Stay safe in the kitchen.

Enjoy.

Karina

Copyright © 2015 by Karina Teuma

Up to the Waist with Waste!

Karina’s Environmental Cooking Tip!

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There are many things you can do, in order to reduce waste in your kitchen. If you buy goods which have recyclable packaging, then you are one step closer in significantly reducing waste. Always use the well-known saying: ‘Reuse, Reduce and Recycle.’ Reuse plastic containers and water bottles, until they cannot be used any more. Reduce the amount of waste you generate, both in packaging and in food scraps. Recycle anything you can recycle. Use cloth napkins, instead of always relying on paper ones. This will save a tonne of waste and will significantly help the environment.

There are many other Environmental Tips I can offer. I will cover another one next time.

Have fun!

Enjoy!

Karina x