Preparation and consumption of food involves the use of kitchen and table utensils. Cutting boards, knives, saucepans, are used when preparing the food while chopsticks, tablespoons, forks, plates and bowls, are used for serving. Proper use and cleaning of them can reduce the risk of food contamination.
How do you use your utensils for food preparation? How often do you clean them? Let's answer the following questions and check whether you are doing right.
Do you use your kitchen utensils for food preparation correctly? Let's go through the main points:
- Two sets of knives and cutting boards for preparing ready-to-eat (RTE) foods and non-RTE foods should be kept in the kitchen. The most effective way to eliminate cross contamination is to use separate utensils for RTE foods and non-RTE foods. If only one set of cutting board and knife is available, the RTE foods should be handled first and non-RTE foods should be handled after thorough cleaning of the cutting board and knife. This can prevent cross contamination of cooked foods.
- Some raw foods, such as salmon and vegetables, can be consumed raw after thorough cleaning. They are classified as RTE foods and should be handled separately from non-RTE foods.
- All cutting boards and knives should be cleaned before and after use, and after preparing different foods.
- When having hotpots, two sets of utensils should be provided for handling RTE foods and non-RTE foods.