Bacteria Going ‘Viral’!

Karina’s Safety Cooking Tip!

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Cross-contamination are two ugly words. Once cross-contamination has gone completely ‘viral,’ however, ugly does not begin to describe what can go wrong. In order to be safer in the kitchen, one should prevent all means of bacteria crossing from one surface to another, otherwise known as cross-contamination. Cross-contamination can arise from a multitude of areas, including, but not limited to:  poor hand hygiene practices, a lack of sterilisation on items including kitchen utensils, along with poor food-handling techniques.

With regards to hand hygiene, always ensure your hands are thoroughly cleaned prior to making contact with kitchen utensils, equipment and food. Always wear a clean apron prior to preparing food and ensure your hair is tied back. There are many other safety controls with regards to this subject.

With regards to food handling techniques, always ensure that you do not use the same knife you used to cut meat, to cut your veggies. Always cut your veggies on a clean board, then use a clean knife to prep. Always cut your meat on a separate clean board, then use a clean knife to prep. It is very important that your meat does not get mixed with the veggies during the prep stage, since, raw bacteria from the meat, can easily be transferred onto the raw veggies.

Never use the same knife you used to prep your veggies, than you use to prep your meat, unless the knife has been thoroughly cleaned between applications.

Stay safe in the kitchen!

Kind regards,

Karina x

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A ‘Cut’ Above the Rest!

Karina’s Safety Cooking Tip!

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Sometimes, it’s good to be a ‘cut above the rest.’ When it comes to the kitchen, however, this is not such a good idea! Let’s avoid children and pets from being hurt, by employing my handy safety cooking tip!

The kitchen is a hazardous place, alongside being one of the most important rooms in your house. The kitchen is filled with sharp knives and utensils, which can seriously harm yourself, your children, or your pets, in one swift motion! I think it’s time to ‘cut’ any knife-related safety instances out of the equation altogether, by being safe in the kitchen.

In the case where you will have your little apprentice chef learning how to cook in your kitchen, then all steps should be taken to ensure your little chef is safe. Try to avoid teaching children recipes involving continuous cutting because they are not ‘cut out’ to handle knives! They are little people and should be held away from danger. Kids and pets can easily cut themselves and can also distract you from your cooking, even creating a dangerous environment for yourself by accidentally tripping you while you are carrying knives and other dangerous kitchen utensils.

Sharp knives are actually safer than blunt knives because it takes less strength to cut through your food. Remember, a sharp knife is better than a blunt one 🙂

So, lets cut to it!

Don’t be a ‘cut above the rest!’

Karina x