Healthy Kitchen Makeover
A tidy and well-organised kitchen can help to protect your health in many surprising ways
Want to improve your health and wellbeing? Here are 12 tweaks you can easily make to your kitchen if you want to...
...avoid food poisoning Stick a “Wash Your Hands” reminder on the fridge.
Seeing a written reminder makes you much more likely to wash your hands at crucial moments when you are preparing a meal, which can help to prevent food poisoning. Remember, the drying process is just as important to prevent lingering bacteria from transferring to other surfaces, so dry your hands thoroughly with a paper towel.
Fill a kitchen drawer with clean tea towels.
It makes it easier and more convenient to reach for a clean, dry one. This matters because damp tea towels are a breeding ground for germs. It is one reason why 60 per cent of tea towels fail the hygiene test, with some even “growing” E. coli bacteria. Experts recommend replacing tea towels after every use, but 21 per cent of us use the same one for a week or more.
Buy two thermometers.
Get one for your fridge and one for cooking. When temperatures in our fridges are not cold enough, this encourages food poisoning bugs to multiply. Only 25 per cent of people use a thermometer to cook chicken or reheat leftovers, despite it being the most effective way to judge when food is properly cooked, particularly under LED kitchen lights, which make meat appear more well done than it is. Ensure the fridge is 5°C or below, and that leftovers reach 75°C during reheating.