Kitchen 911:  Tips to Keep it Clean

Kitchen 911: Tips to Keep it Clean

11-9-11, dr. richard besser

You may not know that preparing a simple meal can put your family at risk.  Cross-contamination while cooking is single biggest mistake you can make in the kitchen and it can result in serious illness.  Millions of people suffered from food born illnesses last year alone, and every year approximately 3,000 people die from these illnesses.

Simple mistakes can create lots of bacteria in your kitchen.  Dr. Richard Besser points out the tools you should have on hand and important rules to follow to prevent this bacterial growth.

2 Cutting Boards

Keep a set of two cutting boards, one for meat and one for vegetables.  You can buy them at any kitchen store and they start at just $3.  This will prevent contamination.

Hand Washing

Regular soap and water is just as good as the pricier anti-bacterial soaps.  The point is to wash your hands properly.  Before you wash your hands, take your rings off and place them on a ring holder.  Then wash your hands for twenty seconds.  To make sure you are washing your hands long enough sing “Happy Birthday” or “Twinkle Twinkle” to yourself.

Cleaning Your Counters

Make sure to wipe down the counters, the stove, the sink, the soap dispenser and the backsplash with disinfectant spray.  You don’t need to buy the expensive version; a less expensive homemade version will work just as well.  Simply combine a teaspoon of bleach with a quart of water.

Disinfect Your Sponges

Disinfect your sponges after every use.  Put moist sponges in the microwave or throw in the dishwasher to kill bacteria.  When the sponges begin to fray throw them away.

Meat Thermometer

To kill the bacteria you must cook chicken to an internal temperature of 165 degrees.  You can buy a meat thermometer at any home or kitchen store for about $7.

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