Why Cleaning The Foods You Buy Is Extremely Important

There are many food borne germs that can make you and your family sick.  These range from bacterial germs, E- Coli, Salmonella and Listeria and so on. These diseases can cause vomiting, diarrhea, dehydration, nausea, abdominal cramps and many other vicious illnesses. There are many steps that you can take to protect your family and yourself from getting these germs – it is on you to take educate yourself on the necessary steps to take to protect your family in the event someone does get food poisoning. It is very important that you do not cross contaminate while preparing your food. It is not recommended that you wash or rinse your chicken or poultry products as that is not the most effective way to kill food borne germs. By using a cooking thermometer you can assure that you meet is ready to safely consume.

It is important that you know how to buy good clean healthy foods. Always check the expiration date and even if the date is within a safe timeframe you should check the smell and look at the color of the meat and fish products. If you have any questions as to the quality of the fresh product, do not buy it or at least get with in store personnel to determine the quality of the food.

You should always, and I mean always, clean and dry your fruits and vegetables. This will remove any pesticides or wax that may have been put on the product. Make sure that you do not purchase any fruits or vegetables that have broken skin. This is an open door for germs that can make you sick. Cleaning your food will ensure that all harmful agents have been removed before you or your family eat them.

Educate yourself on the proper techniques of food cleanliness and safety. Teach your small kids and teenagers the importance of keeping their food clean. Remember to always wash your hands before you touch your foods. This will remove any germs that can contaminate the food product. Don’t rely on looking to determine if the foods you are cooking are done. Invest in an instant thermometer to make sure that your meat has reached its proper temperature. You should choose meat that is located at the front of the isle. Always cook the meat within two days of bringing it home, your refrigerator is a higher temperature than the stores refrigerator unit. Be alert when you shop and never buy any product that you have to question.

Again take the time to do your own research on how to properly clean the foods you buy. Avoid stores that sell repackaged, extended date products. There was a store on the west coast that was notorious for doing this and they paid dearly for it. If you can, consider stores that sell wholefoods or organic products. Yes, the price may be higher, but from a health standpoint, it is worth it. You may even be able to locate “farmers markets” in your area. The prices at the places are a bit more affordable. Whatever you decide, remember to take the necessary steps to clean your food and limit the chances of your family getting sick as a result of food-related germs.

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