When it comes to keeping an area clean and safe for you and your loved ones, the kitchen is one of the most important areas! Staying on top of the cleanliness is not only keeps everything sanitary, but it improves the quality of well-being for family, friends, and other dinner guests. Here are a few tips you can utilize to help keep your kitchen clean, safe, and guest ready!
The Golden Kitchen Rule: Always Wash Your Hands! I know you don’t need to be lectured, but you’d be surprised how many people forget this golden rule of the kitchen. Washing your hands not only before making a meal, but also during the actual preparation is equally just as important. When washing hands, make sure the water is warm and to use antibacterial soap, especially when working with raw items.
Keep it dry! Speaking of raw items, raw food such as meat, poultry, and fish don’t actually need to be rinsed before cooking. Though this is a popular way to begin preparation, it actually can do more harm than good. By rinsing the raw meat, it makes it easier for bacteria to spread around to different surfaces in your kitchen such as the sink, countertops, etc.
Prevent Cross-Contamination! Another common way to keep your kitchen as clean as possible is to use multiple cutting boards when preparing a meal. By having multiple boards for either type of food or specific meat, it eliminates the worry for cross contamination and keeps the spread of harmful bacteria at bay. This also applies to different tools and utensils used while prepping and cooking as well.
Keep Your Knives Happy! A sharp knife is a happy knife. By making sure your knives stay sharp, it actually helps to prevent injury. A dull knife becomes dangerous, as it requires more force to cut the food. This makes losing control of the knife or having it slip much more likely. In 2014, nearly 3,000 people were injured trying to cut through a bagel.
No Such Thing As Prewash! After buying produce, make sure to rinse and clean it all before using it to cook. Even though it might say “prewashed”, it doesn’t mean it was cleaned. When cleaning produce, use a scrub brush to remove any visible dirt and then rinse it under running water. With the act of actually scrubbing and using running water, studies have shown that this method is more effective than using expensive produce wash.