If you have just had your beautiful Alaris contemporary German kitchen installed and cannot wait to show off your new features to your friends, you might be tempted to throw a party to welcome your loved ones to your dream kitchen.
But before you get carried away and start taking out all your recipe books to look for some creative ideas, make sure you update yourself on Food hygiene practices so your dinner party does not leave a sour taste in someone’s mouth.
Look After Personal Hygiene
No matter how close you are to your friends, they will not want your illnesses, so make sure you keep your germs at bay.
If you are ill, it is a good idea to cancel the evening instead of cooking and spreading the virus to your loved ones. If you feel well enough to host, then you can always ask guests to bring a plate or buy some readymade food instead. They would rather that than come down with a cold.
Do not forget to cover up any cuts and scrapes with a plaster – preferably a blue one so this can be easily spotted if it falls off when preparing food. Of course, if you cut yourself, make sure you clean the knife, chopping board and anything that might have got blood on it very thoroughly.
Anyone with long hair should tie their hair back while cooking to prevent unsightly strands falling into the food. Just make sure you leave enough time after preparing the meal to style your hair before your guests arrive!
How To Wash Your Hands Properly
We all know we have to wash our hands when cooking or preparing food, but do we know what this really entails?
According to scientists from Glasgow University, who recently released the latest guidance in the journal of Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology, there are eight steps to undertake to ensure no contamination.
Firstly, wet your hands, then cover them with soap and rub your palms together. Rub the right palm with the back of the left hand, interlacing your fingers, and repeat with the opposite hand. Then rub the backs of fingers to opposite palms before rubbing thumbs in the opposite hand’s palm.
Finally, clasp your fingers and rub in circular motions on the opposite palm, before rinsing with water, drying on a paper towel and turning off the tap with the towel and not your now clean hands. Voila!
Reduce Bacteria In Food
Bacteria does not just spread from body to body, but also if foods are not stored, prepared or cooked properly either.
Firstly, it is important to put foods that need to be kept in the fridge or freezer away as soon as possible to prevent bacteria from growing.
Make sure you reheat meals properly by ensuring they are steaming hot, allowing them to cool slightly afterwards if necessary.
Do not thaw frozen foods out in the open, but in the fridge or even microwave (without turning it on) if necessary.
Finally do not keep hot food out for several hours. This is particularly important for dinner parties where guests may pick on nibbles all evening long.
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