Safe Cooking Tips.

I love to cook and as a homemaker I am responsible for making sure my family’s food is safe. Even after all my year’s experience I still take the time to make sure I practice cooking safe tips to ensure the food I prepare is safe.

cooking safe tips for homemakers

In today’s world of refrigeration, I would think I wouldn’t have to worry, but there are still many things I need to be aware of when I cook for my family.

My number one concern is keeping the bacteria that causes food poisoning out of my kitchen. From my Home Economics class, I remember learning about the food danger zone of 40°F to 140°F. Cooked food is in danger of growing bacteria if it is not kept hot at least 140°F and cold food needs to be kept colder than 40°F. 

My food thermometer is a must in my kitchen.

Here are a few more tips I have learned over the years:

  • Nuts will go rancid, so they are best stored in the freezer.
  • Store pasta, flour, sugar and beans in glass jars to keep the weevil bugs at bay.
  • To keep bacterial growth from forming on meats unwrap and store them on a plate, loosely covered in the coldest part of your refrigerator.
  • Dairy products keep longer if you transfer them from cartons to screw-top glass jars.
  • Store mushrooms in paper rather than plastic and it will keep them from becoming slimy.
  • Be careful with cross contamination…keep raw food to be eaten away from raw food to be cooked.
  • Always thaw food in the refrigerator, not on your countertop.

   Do you have any cooking safe tips you can share?

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