Many people believe that restaurants and other “outside the home” meal places cause people to be sick after eating. But think again: there can be a lot of bacteria growing in your own kitchen. Why take the chance? Here are few simple things we can do to prevent a 24-hour illness:
1. Wash Your Hands! Sick of hearing it? —then do it! Before preparing foods, especially uncooked foods, such as making a salad or slicing fruit for the kids.
2. Wipe up spills so after the fact: in the fridge and on the counter. Bacteria multiplies quickly, so make the germs disappear.
3. Thaw meat on the bottom of the fridge with nothing under it except for a plate that will be washed while you are cooking the meat. In one of the refrigerators I inspected there was fresh fruit under the thawing hamburger. How about eating a banana with burger juice on it-yuck? I was really thinking why a fresh banana was in the fridge anyway?!
4. Keep that fridge at 35-40 degrees. All of the refrigerators will above 40 degrees. Get a thermometer if you don’t have one. Food will last longer, which means you save money.
5. Label those leftovers! Most last 3-5 days if chilled properly. Freeze what you think you won’t eat. And label that too. Leftovers that are frozen will last “usually” up to 3 months.
Sarah Krieger is a registered dietitian/nutritionist that specializes in weight management, family meal planning, childhood obesity and individual meal planning. SarahRD.tv is an online show that teaches you and your family how to eat healthy, grocery shop, eating on a budget, and also gives opinions regarding the latest food news and trends. Sarah Krieger works with kids, teens and adults with weight management issues and teaches them how to make wiser eating choices and how to stick with it.