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 are stored at room temperature, and which ones need to stay refrigerated?
Do you know the fastest way to cause cross contamination in your kitchen? When was the last time you cleaned out your freezer and fridge?
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, and potentially get someone sick.
As a newbie in your kitchen, you’re not expected to know everything. But you should know the basics of safety and cleanliness. Enjoy your summer in the outdoors not in the ER.