Whether it’s for the staff canteen or your restaurant, these top tips will keep everyone happy!
1. Clean counters after use
You may think brushing away crumbs from your counter after cooking is good enough, but you really should be washing the space instead. A bit of raw meat, orange juice or spilled wine will collect with bacteria over time. Unfortunately wiping the counter won’t keep the space hygienic. Choose instead a disinfecting wipe or anti-bacterial soap to clean the surfaces after each meal has been prepared.
If you are using one cutting board for raw fish, poultry or meat – you should either select a new one or wash it thoroughly before working with another food item. Raw meat juices make an ideal home for bacteria and make it easy to transfer it to other foods when it comes into contact. You should wash the cutting board with hot soap and water, then douse it with a mild chlorine bleach solution. This will kill any remaining bacteria.
It’s easy to leave plates in the sink when it’s busy and leaving items to soak might sound like a great idea, but it actually promotes bacteria. It’s best to wash your dishes as soon as possible using hot soapy water, then let them air dry. Towel drying is perfectly acceptable with a clean drying up towel, but air drying is actually the best option.
Using a cloth dish towel is great for going green in the kitchen but you need to make sure you avoid raw meat. Cleaning the counters after cutting uncooked poultry, fish or meat is best done with a paper towel. A fabric dish towel can absorb the juices from the meat encouraging bacteria can grow. Make sure you don’t use your contaminated dish cloth to wipe your clean plates!
Whether you need to prepare for an EHO inspection to gain your food rating or need to make sure your facilities are safe for staff and visitors – this checklist will ensure you can attain best practice in the kitchen.
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