Since the dawn of time, mankind has been catching, preparing and serving food – and likewise, has made blunders every step of the way. With so much convenience and information around us, it would seem nearly impossible to forget or ignore major food health and preparation tips, but it happens every day. While the occasional slip-up may not prove to be deadly, knowing how to prepare and handle various meats and their relation to other food items is crucial in making sure nobody gets sick in a serious way. Below are a few simple tips to keep you and your family safe from food-borne illnesses whenever you are preparing your next meal.
Know Your Cooking Times
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Do you know off the top of your head what the correct temperature for cooking beef is, or chicken? With an array of applications available via your mobile phone, you no longer have to know – but it helps to do so anyway. Beef should be cooked until the internal temperature reaches at least 65 degrees Celsius, while turkey should reach at least 75 degrees Celsius before being removed from the oven. Pork products may vary, but a good rule of thumb is to make sure it reaches at least 70 degrees Celsius before consuming any variation. By following these simple guidelines, you can eliminate a large amount of common food-borne illnesses and the risks they pose.
With technology giving us access to the “built-in” thermometer in certain poultry, we may think this is the end-all, be-all solution to knowing the internal temperature of any cooked entree. Unfortunately, these thermometers are far from perfect and often fail to reach the true centre of the bird, leaving the possibility for bacteria and illness to survive the cooking process. Instead, use a regular cooking thermometer with ample penetration, allowing you to make sure that you and your family will not become sick from eating foul fowl.
When to Toss
We’ve all been faced with an awful situation: decide whether to try to eat something we really wanted, or err on the side of caution and toss it out because it has been sitting in the refrigerator longer than we can remember. For those who need to know – and yes, that’s everyone – apps like ‘Is My Food Safe?’ can help us know whether or not it is time to toss that turkey or hold the ham. With so many conflicting answers from friends, family and the internet on when to throw out what, applications with a central database of information can be far more reliable than just word of mouth.
With a wide availability of basic food safety information online, there is no excuse to ever be in doubt when preparing your favourite meal. Whether it be temperature, cooking times or simple kitchen cleaning etiquette, mobile and traditional technology exists for a reason – to keep you safe and alive for the next meal. By heeding the advice outlined here while also adopting a more proactive approach to keeping an eye on what it is you are preparing, you can prevent a food-borne illness or bacteria from wreaking havoc on you or someone you know.
Doug Charleston is an RSG. A happy go lucky guy, he likes to enjoy his life and makes use of the technology at his disposal to do his daily chores. In this article, he has listed some equipments that help to make food handling an easier task.