There are many myths surrounding found but more often than not, these are just coping mechanisms for our own convenience. Food borne illnesses are quite common and if preventive measures are not taken, they can lead to fatal accidents. To avoid any mishaps in your kitchen, we’ve combined a few myths to avoid incorrect food handling.
Here are 5 food safety myths you need to watch out for:
Washing meat to get rid of bacteria:
While washing the meat might help kill some surface bacteria, it’s highly unlikely that you will be able to get rid of it completely and all the way through. Be sure to cook your meet properly to avoid any food related illnesses.
You don’t have to wash organic foods:
Anything that has been in contact with the soil and has been handled by several hands before reaching you is probably contaminated and must be washed before consumption.
Defrosting on the kitchen counter:
All types of meats contain bacteria and as soon as you leave it on a surface, these germs spread across at an extremely fast rate. If you wish to defrost frozen items, leave them in the fridge for a couple hours or use the microwave.
Plastic vs wooden chopping boards:
While some people believe one is better than the other, this statement is false. The claims are that since knives leave dents on plastic chopping boards more often than wooden ones, bacteria is likely to seep into it and be more harmful. However, if you wash either of these thoroughly, you’ll be able to get rid of all bacteria entirely.
Differentiating between “best before” and “use by”:
Usually when people read the label stating either of these things, the first thing that comes to mind is to toss the food. However, “use by” usually requires you to dispose the food but “best before” implies that though the food isn’t rotten, it just isn’t’ in prime condition anymore.
We still think that to get a better idea about food handling, you should enrol into a food handling course or a food safety supervisor course. Not only will this qualify you to handle food properly, but you will definitely become aware of the do’s and don’ts when it comes to food safety.