Food safety is so important, yet it's easy to overlook. So many homes use unsafe practices in the kitchen. Drying dishes with the same towel for days in a row spreads bacteria. Using the same cutting board for produce and meats is also unsafe. Are you making these mistakes? If you are, you could be putting your mom's safety at risk.
Keep the Cutting Board Sterile
You should have two cutting boards. One for meats, and one for vegetables and fruit. After each use, wash the board in hot, soapy water. Once that's done, spray it with white vinegar or a bleach solution and dry it with a fresh towel or paper towel.
Inspect Items and Wash Them if Necessary
Check produce for mold or rot. Sometimes, the spots can be removed and the rest of the item is fine. If too much is moldy or rotten, toss it into the compost.
If you don't plan on peeling the item, wash it to remove any wax or bacteria. Soaking items in water and white vinegar is another good way to remove bacteria.
Use a Meat Thermometer
Use an instant meat thermometer to cook meats properly. Chicken and turkey, as well as ground versions, need to be at 165 F, while beef, lamb, and pork should be at 145 F. Ground beef and ground pork should reach a temperature of 160. Fish needs to be cooked to 145.
Insert the thermometer in the thickest part of the item. See where the temperature stops. If it needs more time, put it back in the oven or on the stove and cook it for more time. Wash the thermometer while the item continues cooking.
Check for Food Recalls Regularly
Visit the UDSA's recalls and alerts page to find current recalls. You can also search food recalls and pull up news results to find the latest recalls. The CDC foodborne outbreaks page is another good place to look for current warnings. Finally, check the recalls and outbreaks page on FDA.gov.
Have Someone Helping With Meals
Rushing to cook meals isn't fun and heightens the risk of making a mistake. If you're pressed for time, reach out to a home care agency. Caregivers could spend time with your mom and cook meals for her. That frees up your time for fun activities when you stop by. Call a home care agency to discuss the range of services.
If you or an aging loved one are considering home health care in Coal Creek, CO, please contact the caring staff at SYNERGY HomeCare West Denver. Call today: (720) 263-6060.