Do you like cooking? How often do you cook at home? Cooking is a complex magic process that just cannot be universal. We all cook in different ways and use different cooking secrets and that's a great thing.
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But fortunately, there is something that unites us — passion for delicious food. Unfortunately, most people do some silly cooking mistakes that can lead to dangerous consequences and even harm our health.
Knowing what cooking habits we should avoid can help us save time, energy and health. In this article, we would like to show you ten common culinary habits that can harm health. In order to prepare healthy, tasty dishes, you need to avoid these habits. Are you interested? Scroll down to read this article right now?
#1. Taste the food to check if it's not spoiled
The way the food looks or the way it smells cannot help you find out harmful bacteria it may contain. But even a small amount of spoiled food can result in serious food poisoning. So if you think that some products may be spoiled, you should throw them away.
#2. Put meals you are going to eat on a plate where raw meat or raw fish were laying
Don't let raw meat and raw fish come into contact with other products. Otherwise, bacteria in raw meat may get on cooked food, and it may cause food poisoning.
#3. Wash raw meat
You should never wash raw meat. The thing is when you wash raw meat, bacteria in water are transported to the sink, table and other surfaces. “If you don't see any visible dirt on the piece of raw meat, don't wash it. You don't need washing pre-packed meat, as it's usually clean. You may just wipe it with a towel before cooking to make the surface dry” — say health experts.
#4. You defrost food right on the table
Harmful food bacteria reproduce very quickly at a temperature of 40 to 120 F. It's really dangerous. That is why you should always defrost raw meat and raw fish in the refrigerator or microwave.
#5. You taste the raw dough
Don't consume raw eggs in any form. They may contain Salmonella bacteria or other harmful microorganisms. You shouldn't eat the raw dough, even if it contains no eggs. Flour may contain harmful E. coli, which may cause food poisoning.
#6. You use leftover raw meat marinade with cooked meal
Don't marinate raw meat and raw fish on the table, as bacteria usually reproduce at a temperature of 40 to 120 F. You should place them in the fridge. And never use leftover raw meat marinade with cooked meat, as it may poison you. If you want to use it as a sauce, you should boil it first.
#7. You let your meal time to cool down before putting it in the fridge
Do not put food on the table for longer than two hours or one hour if the room temperature is above 32 C. Pathogenic bacteria grow very quickly in the perishables at a temperature of 40 to 120 F. You should always store food in a portable fridge, when you travel.
#8. You don’t cook raw meal properly
Cooking and reheating are the most effective ways to eliminate spreading bacteria in food. In order to kill all bacteria, you need to cook at sufficiently high temperature. You may use a kitchen thermometer in cooking, and it should reach at least 75C.
#9. You don’t wash your hands
Keeping your hands clean is one of the most important steps you should take to avoid getting sick and spreading germs. Bacteria live on all surfaces, including the hands. Make sure you always wash your hands with warm water and soap before cooking. Ad don't forget to wash them again after you finish eating.
#10. You don’t replace kitchen sponges often
Sponges and dishcloths are the dirtiest items in the kitchen. They accumulate dangerous bacteria and may harm your health. You need to disinfect them at least one in two days and replace them with new sponges every two weeks.
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Being a good cook isn't just a matter of knowing the big, impressive skills you can brag in front of your friends and family, like baking a chocolate cake or making roasted turkey. As you see, there are so many cooking habits that are not good for your health. You should be aware of them and start taking small simple steps to avoid these cooking dangers.
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