Essential Food Safety Tips for Keeping Healthy

Cleanliness is next to Godliness’; this is especially true in the matter of food because a little bit of negligence can contaminate the food leading to food poisoning and even fatal consequences. As such, it is important to follow some food safety tips in order to reduce the risk of food-borne diseases. The first tip is to store the food at a safe temperature (below 40°F) as the growth of bacteria is reduced with cold temperatures. As such, you should ensure that your refrigerator temperature stays at this temperature or even lower. You should never defrost perishable foods on the counter for more than 2 hours because the outer surface of the food enters the range of temperatures between 40° and 140°F although the central area of the food may still be frozen leading to rapid multiplication of bacteria in the outer portion. You can thaw the food by using the microwave or in airtight packaging in cold water. The thawed food should be used immediately. There are many restaurants in Paddington area of different categories from the cheapest to the most expensive but most restaurants in Paddington have strict safety norms that they follow religiously.

The next food safety tip is to use separate cutting boards for raw meat/poultry/fish and produce/cooked foods. Moreover, meat should always be cooked to proper temperatures.

A calibrated instant-read thermometer should be used to make sure that the temperature is correct. The thermometer should also be used to check the internal temperature of meat, poultry and egg dishes. You should avoid using unpasteurised milk and cheeses made from unpasteurised milk that are aged less than 60 days.

It is also recommended that “runny” eggs or foods, such as cookie dough, that contain raw eggs should not be eaten as even eggs that have clean, intact shells may be contaminated with salmonella. Moreover, leftover foods should always be heated to 165ºF in order to kill all potentially dangerous bacteria. You should not eat meat, poultry, eggs or sliced fresh fruits and vegetables that have been left out for more than 2 hours (1 hour in temperatures hotter than 90°F).

The other general cleanliness tips include keeping hands, utensils and kitchen as clean as possible at all times. You should always keep raw and cooked food separately. Food should always be cooked properly.

You will find that these food safety tips are followed in restaurants in Paddington.

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