Do you sometimes forget the cooking temperatures for chicken breast versus the thigh meat? Do you know how long you can store rice, sugar and other dry goods, before they go bad? Do you know which vegetables can be stored at room temperature, and which ones need to stay refrigerated? Do you know the fastest way to cause cross contamination? When was the last time you cleaned out your freezer and fridge?
As a newbie in your kitchen, you’re not expected to know everything. But you should know the basics of safety.
Number 1…….. Wash your hands before handling any food, raw or cooked, live or dead. Dirty hands, cutting board, cutlery, raw meat is the fastest way to cross contaminate your kitchen.