We all like to view ourselves as knowing how to properly care for our foods. There are many misleading “facts” out there about how to properly store, clean and consume our foods. Below we have created a list of some of the most popular heard arguments when it comes to food safety and whether or not they hold true.
Melon washing is not necessary: after all I’m not eating the outside part am I?
You’ll be surprised how many people make this mistake. And believe me, this is a major slip up when it comes to food safety practices. It makes sense why people would neglect to clean a melon, after all logically speaking we are eating the inside and not the contaminated outside.
You have to remember that you are dealing with microorganisms that are unseen to the naked eye. Therefore a knife or a peeler penetrating a fruit such as a melon can pick up thousands of pathogens on its way into the edible part. Make sure to properly clean all fruits and vegetables even if they have a rind you will not be eating.
Why do I need to dry my fruits and vegetables? Rinsing them is enough, right?
We have all been taught that rinsing your fruits and vegetables is a good thing (which it is) but have you ever heard that drying them off is also beneficial for you. Probably not. Well the truth is it is. Using a clean cloth or paper towel to dry off fruit once rinsed is more important than you might realize. By doing this you further reduce the level of harmful bacteria on the surface of fresh produce.
Cross contamination doesn’t happen in the fridge!! It’s much too cold for germs to thrive in there!
Pump the brakes there. If you didn’t know, the refrigerator is one of the most common places where food contamination takes place. Think about it. From the moment you bring food home what amount of that time does it spend in the fridge? 95 percent would be my guess.
If food is not placed in its proper place foods such as raw chicken or fish can contaminate raw foods such as vegetables and fruits. Some people also feel that since the fridge is a cool environment that bacteria cannot survive there. False, number one your fridge might not be at the proper cooling temperature it should be at and number two some bacteria actually thrive in cool moist environments like a refrigerator.
To help your chances against cross contamination in your fridge make sure to properly hold your temperature at 40 or below and to stack food accordingly all raw products such as fruits and vegetables should go on the top shelves and all raw proteins should go on the bottom. Also remember to regularly clean out your fridge and sanitize it as well.
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