Tips for flawless hygiene in the kitchen

Hygiene in the kitchen: 8 tips for clean food handling

The classic: You use the same knife to cut raw chicken and chop the ingredients for your salad. One moment of inattention like this can have dire consequences for your health. Anyone who has ever had an upset stomach or food poisoning can surely empathise here. Ensuring excellent hygiene in the kitchen is therefore extremely important. Read our practical recommendations for cleanliness and learn how to kill off bacteria with the right surface coating here.

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If you want to enjoy food to the fullest, you should have cleanliness in mind from the moment you store and prepare ingredients.

8 key hygiene rules for the kitchen

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If the surfaces in your kitchen are untreated, you should be particularly careful about hygienic food handling.

The kitchen worktop’s cleanliness and hygiene mainly depends on our behaviour. So we advise you to note the following eight tips on handling food and preparing and cooking meals. 

1) Wash your hands before you start cooking

You should always wash your hands before cooking to prevent bacteria transferring from the table or the change in your wallet to your food. And if you want to handle other foodstuffs after preparing ingredients that could upset your stomach, such as meat or raw egg, you should wash your hands again. The aim of this is to prevent the transmission of salmonella and other bugs.

2) Always wash kitchen equipment thoroughly

Always use separate wooden spoons and other utensils for raw ingredients and ingredients that need to be cooked. This will prevent bacteria and flavours from unintentionally transferring to other dishes.

3) Keep everything clean and tidy

After cooking, frying and baking, it’s time to tidy up. Not only does this create a pleasant atmosphere, but it also makes it difficult for food moths and other pests to access your food.

4) Clean cutlery and crockery at high temperatures

To keep bacteria at bay, wash everything in hot water (at least 60 degrees Celsius).

5) Store raw food and cooked meals separately

Keep one shelf in the fridge for cooked meals, another for raw food. This will prevent bacteria, e.g. salmonella, from transferring from the raw ingredients to the cooked dishes.

6) Follow the cold chain rules for deep-frozen food

Frozen fish can easily spoil, even if it’s only slightly thawed. So make sure that the cold chain between purchasing and storing frozen food is not interrupted, if possible.

7) Always be aware of the dates on packaged food

If the expiry date for flour has passed, you don’t need to worry too much. It will still be edible. But when it comes to animal products, you should always keep an eye on the best-before and use-by dates

8) Keep pets out of the kitchen as much as you can

Kitchen hygiene rules should also apply to dogs and cats. They can also carry diseases, which is why they should not get too close to food and crockery. Not to mention pet hair, which isn’t very appetising when found in food. 

Always on top of it: Get your worktops coated

In addition to the prevention measures you need to bear in mind every time you cook, you can also improve and be more thorough with the hygiene in your kitchen: When selecting your worktop, opt for an antibacterial coating. 

It goes without saying that you should regularly clean and wipe the worktop with a cloth. But if the bacteria are sitting in the dish cloth, what’s the point?

You can also have your worktop retreated by having an antimicrobial hygiene coating applied to the kitchen worktop, or even the shelves and kitchen unit fronts. When choosing the treatment, make sure it is definitely food safe. We recommend contacting an expert for advice here.

It’s all in your hands: These simple tips will help with good kitchen hygiene

When designing a new kitchen, you can ensure enhanced hygiene standards by choosing an antimicrobial coating for your worktop. If you follow up with key hygiene measures, you can ensure a smooth and clean cooking process when working with fruits, vegetables and meat.

Frequently asked questions about hygienic cooking and frying

What do I need to be aware of when preparing meals?

If you are handling raw animal products, you must keep them separate from the ingredients you want to eat raw. This will stop you from contaminating these foods with bacteria such as salmonella.

How does a cold chain work?

Between purchasing fish, meat or other food that can spoil and storing it in the fridge or freezer, you should make sure it remains chilled or frozen as best you can. Otherwise it could easily get spoilt.

What do I need to be aware of when storing meals in the refrigerator?

Store cooked and uncooked food on different shelves so that bacteria cannot transfer to cooked meals.

How do I clean cooking equipment?

Cutlery, crockery and other cooking utensils should be cleaned using soapy water at a temperature of at least 60 degrees. This will ensure all bacteria is killed off.

How can I keep the kitchen worktop hygienically clean?

Regular cleaning with a cloth is the number one rule. Worktops with an antibacterial coating ensure even more hygiene in the kitchen.
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