This past week, it was my son’s birthday, and we decided to take the kids on an afternoon picnic at Lakeside Park. We decided to prepare an appetizer salad and bring some snacks and drinks to take along for the picnic.
The sandwiches were prepared in the evening and brought them with us on the morning drive. In the midday, we were on the lake. While we laid out the sheets out on the grass, the kids were hungry and begging for food. When I opened the basket I noticed something odd.
The chicken filling in the sandwiches were emitting a bad smell. The food was rotten. It was a blessing that we discovered that it was bad, and we decided not to take it in.
These scenarios happen to every one of us during our day-to- daily lives. Food is often prepared at home, and then transport it to a different location for eating. Many caterers operate from their homes and serve food to those. If you are the one who is preparing or handling food it is your responsibility to ensure that the food you serve does not cause guests sick. Food poisoning can be very unpleasant and can be a hazardous experience.
It is important to be extra careful when children pregnant women, elderly people , or any other sick will be attending the party. It is because if someone within these groups is exposed to food poisoning is more likely to be sick. Despite using fresh ingredients when making food the food will spoil very quickly. Let’s find out what was wrong?
Food poisoning can occur at any time, be it cooking, transport or even storage. Storage practices that are not appropriate are often cited as the reason behind food poisoning outbreaks with
Food that is not refrigerated for longer periods, making it more susceptible to the spread of bacteria. If you’re planning to cook food for a large crowd, make sure you have a sufficient fridge and freezer to store food items and that you have appropriate wrapping paper and bags that can be used to keep food items in.
Food items that are cooked and need to be chilled need to be chilled as fast as possible, usually within the hour. Do not place them in the refrigerator until they’re cool as this can increase the temperature of the refrigerator.
For food items to cool quickly put it in the coolest spot you can find it – usually and not even in your kitchen. Another option is to place the food into an airtight, sealed container and place it in a running cold water faucet or an ice-cold water basin or put ice cubes placed in cooler bags. When possible, shorten the time to cool by breaking down food into smaller portions.
After food has been cooked getting it to where the event is held may be a challenge. This is especially difficult in the event of large amounts of food that is perishable. Utilize cool containers. It is also important to make sure that the facilities in the location where the event is taking place are adequate to ensure hot food is hot and cold food cold. A proper fridge and cooker capacity is as essential as it is at home.
Food preparation that is thoroughly cooked is crucial to eliminate all harmful bacteria that can cause food poisoning. The large meat joints, or the whole poultry are harder to cook safely, therefore make sure you take extra care when handling them.After having learned all this I understood that the food on the picnic was damaged.
I left the chicken sandwiches go unrefrigerated for far too long and didn’t bother to separate salads from ready-to-eat food items. I could have utilized a cooler containers to transport the food. However, I think we learn from our mistakes experiences.
There’s an old English phrase that goes “Food made with passion and served with love is divine.” I can assure you that it’s still true in the present! Everyone who is a foodie (like me and you) knows that the essence of a good recipe lies in the perfect mix of spices and natural ingredients.
Sometimes, we can overlook an vital ingredient when cooking that most of the time, tamper with the essence of our food. It’s all about food safety and hygiene. You must be extremely mindful when handling food items and ensure the highest standards of cleanliness as well as food security in the kitchens and at home.
Food contamination can happen at any point whether it is during processing, harvesting preparation, storage, or transport. Foodborne illnesses are common in areas where poor hygiene standards are observed. According to statistics released by the World Health Organization, every year foodborne illnesses cause nearly 10% of patients to be sick. These illnesses can be fatal particularly in children.
Hands should be cleaned thoroughly using soap prior to getting into contact with food. This will prevent the spread of bacteria from your hands to the food. You must wash all your fruits and vegetables in cold water prior to using them. Countertops and surfaces in the kitchen are the primary areas that when dirty, can lead to food contamination. They must be cleaned thoroughly, as well as the appliances used in the preparation of food.
If you’re sick or have cold and flu , it is important to be careful when cooking and handling food items. If someone is suffering from symptoms of vomiting, diarrhea and jaundice must be kept away from work. If they are suffering from fever or sore throat and are ill, they should refrain from cooking and serving food items.
This is alarming as they could transmitted disease to people who ate the food their establishments served. Martin Bucknavage, extension food-safety specialist says,”Foodborne pathogens, such as Norovirus,
Hepatitis A as well as Shigella frequently are transmitted by employees who are sick to diners through food they eat.” These guidelines are not only for retail or foodservice establishments, but also for those cooking for family members as well as those working in elder care or child care establishments. Hand soaps and tissue paper must be encouraged throughout every age group.
To avoid cross contamination , keep food items that are cooked and raw while storing and cooking. Food should be kept in sealed containers in the fridge . You should also place raw poultry and meats in the refrigerator’s bottom so that juices don’t cross-contaminate food stored on shelves below. Don’t place cooked meat on the dish that raw meat was served on.
If you are a fan of fish, poultry, or other meats, it is important to be mindful when cooking them. They must be cooked thoroughly at proper temperatures prior to eating. For confirmation you are eating the right meat, put a skewer in the middle of the meat and make sure there’s no pink meat. The juices must be clear. This is a sign of cooked meat that is well. If raw meat is consumed, it could cause food poisoning.
In recent years, microwaves are increasingly being utilized in kitchens to cook and heat food items. It is possible to cover food items with food wrappers with a high-quality and prevents foods from becoming dry during heating. Be sure that the food you have reheated is steaming hot and that steam is flowing out. This means that you’ve removed the possibility of bacterial contamination as well as other pathogens.
If you plan to store your food items in the refrigerator and wrap it in food wrap paper that will hold in moisture and stop the drip of juices and ensure that it is kept at a temperature that is lower than 5 degrees Celsius.
You can ensure your family’s safety from food poisonings at home. Cold temperatures reduce the spread of illness-causing bacteria. It is therefore essential to cool food quickly and in a proper manner. Food items that are perishable should be refrigerated within 2 hours.
Good hygiene and healthy eating habits can help prevent a variety of food-borne illnesses. This should be embedded throughout your day-to-day life and taught to children as well. The small things you do will have a significant impact on your overall well-being.