Keeping Our Kitchen Clean And Safe.
Keeping Clean In The Kitchen And Kitchen Safety
August 25 Wednesday 2010.
Things You May Want To Do In Your Kitchen:
. Keep your kitchen pest free as much as possible. I like using Raid roach spray in a lemon scent. Be careful around pets with any pest spray around pet foods. If you have water bowls for pets in your kitchen, and if you spray for pests in any area of your kitchen, remove water bowls to wash them. When the mist of any pest spray is in the air, wait for the air to settle for a few hours before putting down a water bowl again. Make sure it is washed with hot soapy water and replaced with clean water for your animals.
. PLEASE REMEMBER : When using any kind of insect spray, they all usually have residual killing power for so many weeks or months even after they are sprayed. If you spray a floor, or spray and area where your dogs or cats or pets can come in contact with and insect spray, they can be harmfull or deadly to animals and pets or make them sick. Caution must be taken when using insect sprays.
. NOTE : Some folks try their best to kill insect with natural methods so that pets are not harmed.
. Replace a food bowl for a pet if it was on your kitchen floor. Clean it with hot soapy water and rinse it well. Do not throw food on a floor for pets if you can help it. I also never give bones to dogs or cats because they can become lodged into their throats or guts.
. Keep a strainer in your kitchen sink. It will catch things that are not supposed to go down your drain like fat from meats.
. Turn pot and frying pan handles inward for safety when your cooking on a stove.
. Keep your floors dry so no one can slip down and be your future law suit.
. Rinse dishes and spoons and forks in hot water even if they look clean before you use them.
. Always wash your hands well before handling food items.
. Do not leave the refrigerator door open for long periods of time. Get what you need and close it.
. Put milk back in the refrigerator when your finished pour some in a glass.
. Check food items often in your refrigerator for freshness.
. If you can smell raw chicken, chances are it is not fit to eat.
. Do not leave lunch meat until autumn in your refrigerator, or until it looks like beef jerky. Keep lunch meat well refrigerated a few days, and freeze what you do not use right away.
. Mayonnaise might look good in a refrigerator, but give it the sniff test anyway once in a while. Mayonnaise is supposed to taste delicious like mayonnaise.
. Check jellies. When they smell like wine toss them in the can. If they have sugar on top of them toss them in the can. If they have white cotton on top of them toss them in the can. Keep jelly only if it is fresh and good.
. If milk does not smell right even just a little bit, throw it out into the sink.
. Bread will stay fresher longer if you keep it in the refrigerator. Every time we finish our bread, back in the refrigerator it goes.
. When cleaning raw chicken use sharp knives and wash all knives, dishes, and pots that come in contact with raw chicken with hot soapy water and rinse them.
. Freeze meat that is not going to be used right away. Bag it in good freezer bags.
. Use Pot holders when your moving hot dishes and hot pots around while cooking and serving hot food.
. Keep plenty of ice in your freezer. It is great for soda pops.
. Keep unsafe obstacles off the kitchen floor or off any floor.
. Do not use pine oil in any plastic container and then use that container for food no matter how well you wash it.
. Pots and pans should be used strictly for food items only. Never use them for household cleaning purposes.
. In our kitchen we drink lots of juices, soda pops, milk, coffee, and hot chocolate. For drinks that are cold we use light reusable plastic cups that can be washed and rinsed very easily. We use small plastic cups that are four or five inches tall. They are light and easy to handle.
. A few years ago I found some plastic divider picnic plates ,three for a dollar. They were reusable so we began feeding our cats by using them. They have worked out very nicely. Ones without the dividers might be even better. We wash our cat dishes often and the cat plates are light and easy to handle.
. My father had a habit of running very hot water on cups, dishes and on forks and spoons before eating with them.