(NC) As the heart of your home, the kitchen is where we prepare delicious meals and gather with family and friends. To keep yourself, your family and your guests safe, follow these food safety tips from Health Canada.
- Use a digital food thermometer to make sure you’ve cooked foods to their safe internal temperatures. Clean your thermometer in warm, soapy water before and after each use.
- Always wash your hands before and after you touch raw meat. Wash your hands with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds.
- If plates or utensils have come in contact with raw meat, don’t use them again until they’ve been washed thoroughly.
- Keep separate cutting boards for produce and meat.
- Change dishcloths daily. Don’t use sponges as they are harder to keep free of bacteria.
- Sanitize countertops, cutting boards and utensils before and after preparing food with a mild bleach solution of 5 mL of bleach and 750 mL of water. Let stand briefly, then rinse with clean water and air dry or use clean towels.
- Keep cold food cold and hot food hot, so that your food never reaches the temperature danger zone of 4°C (40°F) to 60°C (140°F), where bacteria can grow quickly and cause food poisoning.
Find more information at canada.ca/foodsafety.