During the summer season, bacteria and fungi can cause food to rot or decay and make it unfit for human consumption. Mould can grow quickly on bread or oranges and cause them to rot and turn green. Similarly bacteria can breed quickly in milk or curry that is left at room temperature and cause it to turn sour.
Some bacteria like E.coli can cause food poisoning which can result in diarrhea, vomiting, severe stomach cramps. It is very important to know how to store food so that we and our loved ones are safe from food contamination and food poisoning.
→Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water before handling food, before eating and after using the toilet.
→Cook food thoroughly at high temperature.
→If you are buying packaged food, then always check the expiry date.
→Avoid canned food in which cans are badly dented or bloated.
→Avoid food with torn seals or open packaging.
→Wash all fruits and vegetable thoroughly once you get home from shopping. Let them dry on a rack or basket with holes so that water seeps out before storing them in relevant fridge compartments.
→Do not leave fresh milk or cooked food at room temperature. Always store it in refrigerators in proper containers.
→If you are re-heating food, do so thoroughly till steam appears.
→Do not let blood of fresh meat drip into other frozen foods. Again use proper containers.
→Wipe kitchen tops with hot water after working with raw meat, raw eggs, fish and vegetables. Wash chopping boards, knives and other utensils too.
→I always wash my kitchen cloths and sponges in hot water with little detergent and hang them in sunlight because it kills odors and bacteria.
→Don’t let leftover food stay inside your fridge for long. Otherwise they will turn into specimen for science experiment.
Food poisoning can be fatal so be extra careful in summer.