How to Clean Food Before You Cook It

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If you’re on my blog, you clearly love to cook and try new foods. But what many people forget to do is clean the ingredients they use before they cook them. While it’s usually not a big deal, I find it important to avoid any potential issues. Especially with pesticides being used everywhere, I personally think it’s better to be safe than sorry. You don’t want anything unwanted sneaking into your delicious meal.

How to Properly Clean Fruits
Fruits are especially susceptible to toxins that are sprayed on them or that they’re exposed to. It doesn’t matter if they picked up contaminants at the farm, during the shipping process, or while in the grocery store. Because you tend to also eat the skin, you could consume anything it came in contact with. So take a bowl big enough to fit all the fruit and fill it with salt and water. Then soak them for five to ten minutes. Once time is up, rinse them off thoroughly to get the sat off and voila! Your fruit is ready to be chopped, cooked, or enjoyed.

How to Properly Clean Greens
While greens, such as basil or oregano, receive the same level of exposure, if not more, they are more difficult to clean. They can be very delicate and may not take to cleaning procedures as well as other cooking ingredients. So, to clean them, first clean out your sink as thoroughly as possible. You don’t want any grime left behind. Then plug it up and fill it with cold water. Place the greens in the water and push them down gently so they become soaked. Use your fingers carefully to stir up the water, but don’t overdo it. Let them sit for a couple minutes before transferring them to a strainer to air dry. Do not attempt to pat them dry or you could damage them. Now enjoy your freshly cleaned greens!

How to Properly Clean Meats
This is more about cleaning the surface that you’ve prepared raw meat on. It’s no secret that raw meats have a multitude of dangerous bacteria in them and are dangerous to eat. But some people forget that these bacteria transfer to any surface they touch. So if you cut raw meat on a counter and then cut your fruits on it right after, those germs have now jumped onto our fruit. It’s called cross contamination and it’s something chefs at restaurants have to be extremely careful about and actually take food safety classes to prevent. To save yourself from any trouble, clean down any counters you use thoroughly with hot soapy water. If you want to be extra sure you’ve gotten the job done, use a very tiny amount of unscented bleach on the counter and then wash down with soapy water to remove any bleach. Now your counter is ready to be used again for more delicious dishes.

Food safety is so crucial to enjoying meals of any kind. If you love trying foreign foods and preparing them in your own kitchen, take these food safety measures to heart. Your body will thank you. If you found this article to be highly insightful, please share it on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and all those other social sites. Your friends and family should know to practice food safety too! And comment below your best food safety practices to share with others. Let’s make the fun of food safe for everyone!

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