The week before was my son’s birthday and we decided to take the kids on an afternoon picnic at The lakeside parks. We decided to prepare an appetizer salad and bring some snacks and drinks to take along for the picnic.
We made the sandwiches at night , and then took them to the early morning excursion. In the midday, we were on the lake. When we laid the sheets out on the grass, the kids were hungry and begging for food. When I opened the bag I noticed something odd.
The chicken filling in the sandwiches were emitting a bad smell. The food was rotten. It was a blessing that we realized that the food had gone bad, and we decided not to take it in.
Similar situations happen with every one of us during our day-to- daily lives. We usually cook food at home and take it elsewhere for eating. Many caterers operate from their homes and serve food to guests. If you are the one who is preparing or handling food it is your responsibility to ensure your food doesn’t cause guests sick. Food poisoning can be an awful and possibly risky experience.
It is important to be extra cautious when children pregnant women, elderly people , or any other sick is expected to attend the party. It is because if someone within these groups is exposed to food poisoning is more likely to be sick. Despite using fresh ingredients for food preparation the food will spoil very quickly. Let’s find out what was wrong?
Food contamination can occur at any time, be it cooking, transport or even storage. Storage practices that are not appropriate are often cited as the reason behind food poisoning outbreaks.
Food that is not refrigerated for longer periods, making it susceptible to bacterial infestation. If you plan to cook meals for a large number of people, ensure you have the right size fridge and freezer to store food items and that you have the right wrapping paper and bags that can be used to keep food items in.
The food items that have to be chilled must be chilled as fast as you can, and preferably within the hour. Don’t put them in the refrigerator until they’re cool as this could increase the temperature in the fridge.
To quickly cool food that is hot you should place it in the coolest spot that you can locate – typically it is not inside the kitchen. Another option is to place food items in an unclean, sealable container and place it in a running cold water faucet or an ice-cold water basin or put ice cubes placed in cooler bags. When possible, shorten the cooling time by dividing food into smaller portions.
After food has been ready getting it to the location where the party is held may be a challenge. This is especially difficult when there is a large amount of food items that are perishable. Utilize cool containers. It is also important to ensure that the facilities at the location where the event is taking place are adequate to ensure hot food is hot and cold items cold. The capacity of the fridge and cooker is as essential as at home.
Making sure food is cooked thoroughly is essential to kill many of the harmful bacteria that can cause food poisoning. Large meat joints or entire poultry can be difficult to cook safely, therefore be extra careful when cooking them.After learning all this, I understood the reason why my picnic food was damaged.
The chicken sandwiches were left out without refrigerating for too long and didn’t bother to separate salads from ready-to-eat food items. I could have made use of a cooler boxes to transport the food. However, I think we all learn from our negative experiences.
There’s an old English phrase “Food prepared with passion and served with love is divine.” I can assure you that it’s valid in the present! Everyone who is a foodie (like me and you) is aware that the essence of a good recipe lies in the perfect mix of spices and natural ingredients through
However, we may be unaware of an crucial ingredient in cooking that most of the time, tamper with the essence of the recipe. It’s all about food safety and hygiene.
It is essential to be cautious when handling food items and ensure the highest standards of cleanliness also food hygiene in the kitchens and at home.
Food contamination can happen at any time whether it is during processing, harvesting preparation, storage, or transport. Foodborne illnesses are common when hygiene practices that are not up to par are employed. According to statistics released by the World Health Organization, every year foodborne illnesses cause nearly 10% of people to become sick. The diseases can be fatal particularly for children.
Hands should be cleaned thoroughly using soap prior to getting into contact with food. This will prevent the spread of bacteria and germs from your hands onto the food. You must wash all your fruits and vegetables in cold water prior to using them. Countertops and surfaces in the kitchen are the primary areas that are dirty and can cause food contamination. The surfaces and counters must be cleaned thoroughly, as well as the equipment used to prepare food.
If you’re sick or have cold and flu , it is important to avoid handling and cooking food items. If someone is suffering from symptoms of vomiting, diarrhea or jaundice they must avoid working. If they are suffering from fever or sore throat and are ill, they should refrain from cooking and serving food items.
This is concerning because the people who are at risk could transmitted disease to people who ate the food the establishments served. Martin Bucknavage, extension food-safety specialist says,”Foodborne pathogens, such as Norovirus,
Hepatitis A or Shigella typically are spread through sick employees to diners through food they eat.” These guidelines are not only for retail or foodservice establishments, but also for those that cook meals for families, and those working in care for children or elderly institutions. Hand tissues and sanitizers should be encouraged throughout all ages.
To avoid cross contamination , keep food items that are cooked and raw in the process of storing and preparing. Food items should be stored in sealed containers in the fridge . You should also place the raw meats and poultry at the lower part of the fridge so that juices don’t cross-contaminate food items on the lower shelves. Do not put cooked meat back on the dish that cooked meat was placed on.
If you are a fan of fish, poultry, or other meats, you should be cautious when cooking them. They must be cooked thoroughly and at the right temperatures prior to eating. To confirm this the meat’s done, place a skewer into the middle of the meat and make sure there isn’t any pink meat. The juices must be clear. This is a sign of a well-cooked meat. If meat that is raw is consumed, it could cause food poisoning.
In recent years, microwaves have been used in kitchens to cook and heat food items. It is possible to cover food items with food wrappers that is of good quality that will stop the foods from becoming dry during the process of reheating. Make sure the food that has been reheated is steaming hot and that steam is rising out. This means you’ve removed the possibility of bacterial contamination as well as other pathogens.
If you plan to store your food items in the refrigerator then wrap it in food wrapper that can take in the moisture and prevent the drip of juices and ensure that it is kept at a temperature that is lower than 5 degrees Celsius.
It is possible to ensure your family’s safety from food poisonings at home. Cold temperatures reduce the spread of illness-causing bacteria. It is therefore essential to freeze food fast and in a proper manner. Food items that are perishable should be refrigerated within 2 hours.
Good hygiene and healthy eating practices can prevent the spread of food-borne illnesses. This should be embedded throughout your day-to-day life and taught to your children too. Small steps can make a huge difference and can make a huge difference to your overall health.