Can Your Kitchen Pass the Food Safety
What comes to mind when you think of a clean kitchen? Shiny waxed floors?
Gleaming stainless steel sinks? Spotless counters and neatly arranged cupboards?
They can help, but a truly "clean" kitchen--that is, one that ensures safe
food--relies on more than just looks: It also depends on safe food practices.
1. The last time we had leftover cooked stew or other food with meat, chicken or
fish, the food was:
a. cooled to room temperature, then put in the refrigerator
b. put in the refrigerator immediately after the food was served
c. left at room temperature overnight or longer
2. I clean my kitchen counters and other surfaces that come in contact with food
b. hot water and soap c. hot water and soap, then bleach solution
d. hot water and soap, then commercial sanitizing agent
1. Answer B is the best practice; give yourself two points if you picked it. Hot
foods should be refrigerated as soon as possible within two hours after cooking.
But don't keep the food if it's been standing out for more than two hours. Don't
taste test it, either. Even a small amount of contaminated food can cause
illness. 2. Answers C or D will earn you two points each; answer B, one point.
According to FDA's Guzewich, bleach and commercial kitchen cleaning agents are
the best sanitizers--provided they're diluted according to product directions.
They're the most effective at getting rid of bacteria. Hot water and soap does a
good job, too, but may not kill all strains of bacteria. Water may get rid of
visible dirt, but not bacteria.
Crock Pot Chicken Ala King
1 can cream of chicken soup
3 T. flour
1/4 t. pepper
dash of cayenne pepper
1 lb. boneless chicken breasts cut in small cubes
1 rib celery chopped
1/2 C. green pepper chopped
1/4 C. onion chopped
1 10 oz. package frozen peas thawed
2 T. pimento chopped
Combine soup, flour and pepper. Stir until smooth.
Stir in chicken, celery, onion and green pepper. Cover and cook on low for 7 - 8
hours or until meat is cooked and tender. Stir in peas and pimentos. Cook
another 30 minutes.
Serve over rice, noodles or biscuits.