Some people think that you can only get food poisoning just in restaurants, but whoever thinks like that is most definitely wrong. You can get food poisoning in your own home, and the risk of food poisoning is even higher in the summer, when the temperatures are high. In this post we are going to show you the most common mistakes that we all should pay attention to and to be extra careful not to make them in the future, because they can cause some serious health problems:
1st Mistake – don’t wash your hands only before you start cooking your meal. Well, actually, this is kind of a first step you must continue to practice. You will only make a mistake if you only wash your hands before you start cooking your meal. This is a mistake, because you need to wash your hands while you cook your meal as well. Make sure you wash your hands every time you grab a different food or ingredient for your meal. Take this for an example, when you take vegetables after you’ve grabbed the meat. Wash your hands! And the most common mistake happens when you handle meat and salad ingredients. You should be extra careful then and wash your hands in-between. And, you should also remember this: washing your hands only with water is not enough because it doesn’t eliminates the germs and bacteria. Make sure you wash your hands with warm water and soap!
2nd Mistake – you wash the fruit and vegetables before you store them in your refrigerator. Yes, this is extremely important, because if you wash them before you put them in the fridge a small amount of water remains on the surface and this is an ideal breeding ground for germs and bacteria. So, remember, you need to wash your fruits and vegetables before you eat them, and not before you store them in your refrigerator. And, you should be extra careful with the external layers of cabbage and lettuce. You need to be careful because all the pesticides stay on their surface, so make sure you wash them thoroughly with warm water.
3rd Mistake – you only wash the fruit you don’t peel. Well, we think that this may be the most common misperception of all. We all think that fruits we peel before we eat shouldn’t be washed. But we were wrong! Bananas, cantaloupes, watermelons and other fruits we peel should be also rinsed just as everything else. Now, here comes the main question: Why should we rinse them? It’s because when we slice these fruits, we can transfer the bacteria from the surface to the inside part we eat. So, make sure you wash every fruit with a sponge, which you’ll also wash afterwards. Note: you should be extra careful when you wash strawberries, tomatoes and peppers before you slice and eat them.
4th Mistake – your fridge is set on the lowest temperature. Many of us have set the refrigerator to maximum cooling, because we all think that bacteria can’t thrive in a cold environment. We can’t be sure about the actual temperature in the fridge and in what temperature we keep our food in. So, the best answer for all of us is to buy and put a small thermometer inside the refrigerator in order to see if it needs some adjustment. If you have freezer in your home, buy one thermometer for it as well. The temperature in your freezer should be -17 Celsius.
5th Mistake – you leave the already cooked meal on the hotplate or inside the oven. Well, we all know that bacteria can multiply very fast in an environment between 5 and 55 degrees. So, if you leave your already cooked meal on the hotplate or inside the oven is a bad choice for you. Some “safe” products, such as rice and pasta, can be dangerous as well. So, you are definitely wrong if you think that your already cooked meal is safer left on the top of the hotplate and reheat it later. Some dangerous poisons are developed in the food left too long and the bad thing about it is that they can’t be destroyed by high temperatures. So, if you are late for lunch, the best way for you is to put the food in the refrigerator and reheat it before you serve it. Note: you should be extra careful when you transfer the food leftovers from the pans into smaller container because this will cool off the food much faster. And make sure you never fill out your refrigerator with food while it’s still hot. This is bad, because it will make it much more difficult for the refrigerator to maintain the desired temperature and can cause bacteria to develop inside.