Concerned about the food safety standards? Don’t worry, we got you covered!
Here are 6 easy tips that would help you to host your guests confidently.
1. Keep things clean
While most microorganisms don’t cause disease, dangerous microorganisms are widely found in soil, water, animals, and people. These can be carried on hands, cleaning cloths, utensils, and especially cutting boards.
2. Check with your guests
Ask your guests in advance about any food allergies they may have, or religious or philosophical codes that may impact what kind of food they eat.
3. Separate raw and cooked foods
Raw food, especially meat, poultry, and seafood can also contain dangerous microorganisms that may be transferred onto other foods during food preparation and storage.
4. Cook food thoroughly
Cooking food to a temperature of 158℉/70℃ can kill almost all dangerous microorganisms and ensure it’s safe for consumption. Cook food thoroughly
P.S. Foods that require special attention include minced meats, rolled roasts, large joints of meat, and whole poultry.
5. Keep food at safe temperatures
Microorganisms can multiply very quickly if food is stored at room temperatures. By holding at temperatures below 41℉/5℃ or above 140℉/60℃, the growth of microorganisms is slowed down or stopped.
6. Use safe water and quality raw ingredients
Raw ingredients, as well as water and ice, may be contaminated with dangerous microorganisms and chemicals. In addition, toxic chemicals may be formed in damaged and moldy foods. Carefully selecting ingredients, and washing and peeling foods may reduce risk.
For more details, please follow our food and safety article.