With more and more reality cooking shows on television, more people are heading into the kitchen in attempt to replicate what they have just watched. The results seem achievable, and everyone knows the quickest way to someone’s heart is through their stomach. But you definitely need your meal to leave the consumer feeling full, not have them rushing to the bathroom. Here are a few of the most common causes of food poisoning.
Thawing at room temperature
I have to put my hand up for this one. Deciding that tonight is the night that your frozen roast is going to be the star attraction on your dining table. You cannot leave it on the counter to thaw out in preparation for cooking. Bacteria rapidly multiplies at this temperature so you will need another strategy to unfreeze your meal. The microwave, refrigerator or plunging it into cold water will have the same result in a much safer fashion.
Consuming raw batter
The best part of cooking as a child was the ability to lick the bowl once mum had finished making the cake. Whilst this hasn’t done me a whole bunch of harm, the continued consumption of raw dough or batter is a very effective way of transmitting salmonella. This fact is very relevant with the trend of raw cookie dough becoming very popular. For the sake of health, let your oven finish its job first.
Tasting food to see if it’s still good
Smelling a bottle of milk is fine, but definitely don’t take a drink to verify. If you believe food is off, don’t risk it. The effects of being sick will be much more damning than your feeling of missing out on a meal. Just because a threat can’t be seen, doesn’t mean it won’t strike you down. This is particularly true in the practice of removing a moldy piece from a loaf of bread. Your loaf is ruined, don’t try and salvage it.
Keeping old sponges and dish rags
Your food may be fine, but the dish you’re serving it on could be swarming with germs. Just because the cooking process is over doesn’t mean standards are able to be forgotten. If you aren’t constantly replacing sponges and dish rags, the process of doing the dishes is completely cosmetic. Whilst they may look shiny and new, all you’ve managed to do is transfer another germ onto your pallet. Remain vigilant, and your next dinner party will be remembered for all the right reasons.