One of the things the pandemic has taught us is the importance of hand washing to fight off disease and germs. That lesson also extends to the kitchen if you want to avoid food poisoning from unexpected sources.
We’ve heard these food safety warnings before. Do not thaw frozen meat on the counter or mix cutting boards or utensils that touch raw meat.
But this may surprise you. A recent study found that spice containers can be coated with bacteria, an easy source of cross-contamination.
“It’s really important to wash your hands Previous Touch any of these items, or really anything in your kitchen, especially if you’re dealing with raw meat,” said Lisa Gill, research reporter for Consumer Reports.
To be on the safe side, Consumer Reports says, take extra steps to pre-pour the condiments you plan to use into a separate dish, add them to what you’re cooking from there, and discard what you don’t use. You can also wipe the container after use.
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Also remember to wash your hands before cooking or scrolling. Studies show that electronic devices are teeming with bacteria, which can infect everything you touch, including food.
“Washing your hands is just as important rear I have worked with raw meat, poultry, or seafood. Remember, salmonella and other bacteria can persist for hours on hard surfaces,” warned Gill.
This means cleaning all surfaces that come in direct or indirect contact with raw meat, such as kitchen counters, trash can lids, refrigerator handles, and cutting boards.
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Also beware of sponges, which can be a breeding ground for bacteria. Sanitize in the dishwasher or microwave for 1 minute. When it starts to smell, it’s time to throw it away.
Raw meat before cooking should not be washed. Washing chicken and other meats can splash bacteria onto your sink, counters, and nearby utensils and plates, Consumer Reports says skip that step and save time.
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