Most of the food safety mistakes occur because people don’t know about them. Nobody intentionally eats something bad that would cause them harm. Also, with so many work-related and personal responsibilities, it is difficult to eat food properly. When you finally sit down to eat, you won’t care whether the lettuce you are eating is washed properly or the food you are eating was cooked at the right temperature. After reading this article, you should change your habits and pay more attention to what you are eating.
So, here are 10 food mistakes that you must absolutely learn to avoid:
Don’t assume that pre-washed fruits and vegetables are clean – You should wash pre-washed fruits and vegetables thoroughly before eating them.
Not cooking meat, poultry, seafood or eggs properly – Whenever you make something out of meat, poultry, seafood, or eggs, make sure you cook it at a high temperature. This will help kill the harmful bacteria contained in the food. You should follow the Safe Minimum Cooking chart and use a food thermometer while cooking your food.
Putting the cooked meat back on the same plate that held the raw meat – Never place the cooked meat on the same plate that held the raw meat. There are germs left from the raw meat and it can spread on your cooked meat. Poultry and seafood should be treated the same way.
Don’t taste the cookie dough or cake batter with raw eggs – Raw eggs contain Salmonella and other dangerous bacteria that you will want to avoid eating. That is why you should never eat uncooked cookie dough or taste the cake batter. Also, always cook eggs properly before eating them.
Don’t use the same dishtowels to wipe the kitchen counters and your hands – Keep different dishtowels in your kitchen. You cannot use the same dishtowel to wipe your hands after you wiped the kitchen counter because even the kitchen counter can contain germs. Also, make sure you regularly wash and replace the dishtowels when they get too old.
Before cooking, never stuff the chicken or turkey – This is not a good idea because you are touching raw poultry.
Never eat moldy cheese or old food – Any old food or moldy cheese is bad, and even a bite can be as disastrous as the poisoned apple in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
Don’t eat food items that are packed in bulging or dented cans -Food gets damaged easily, especially if it remains inside bulging or dented cans for too long.
Never marinate meat, poultry or seafood on the kitchen counter – Harmful bacteria or germs can increase rapidly at room temperature. Experts recommend marinating the raw meat, poultry or seafood in a big bowl and then refrigerating it.
Always wash your hands before eating something -This golden rule is taught to us from childhood for a good reason. Stick to it!
Avoid the food mistakes that you read in this article and see the positive impact it will have on your health!