Clean as You Go:
Adopting a “clean as you go” approach can make a significant difference in maintaining a hygienic kitchen. Immediately wipe down surfaces and utensils after use to prevent the buildup of food residues that can attract pests and bacteria.
Cooking food to the appropriate temperature is essential for killing bacteria. Use a food thermometer to ensure that meats, poultry, seafood, and other high-risk foods reach the recommended internal temperature. This step is particularly crucial for reducing the risk of foodborne illnesses.
Personal Hygiene for Food Handlers:
If you’re cooking for others, your personal hygiene becomes a critical factor. Always wear clean and appropriate clothing, tie back long hair, and avoid touching your face, hair, or other objects while handling food.