Did you know 1 in 6 Americans will contract a foodborne disease?
Although it’s not always possible to prevent food poisoning when eating out, there are a few food safety tips to keep in mind. You know how to avoid the 2-star restaurant, but might not be aware of how easy it is to contaminate your food at home.
Read on to learn seven food safety fun facts.
1. Don’t Eat the Fruit
While most of us know not to eat meat that has been sitting out for an extended period of time, we don’t know this rule also applies to fruit.
If you see a tray of food that has been sitting out for over 2 hours, it’s best not to eat it. Bacteria also grow on fruit that has been sitting out.
2. Be Wary of a Best-Seller
If you go to a fast-food restaurant and they have a best-seller item on the menu, it’s not a bad idea to skip it.
Depending on the establishment, you could be eating a pre-made meal that could have been developing bacteria for days or weeks.
3. Five Second Rule is a Myth
When we drop a bite of food on the floor that we were looking forward to eating, must of us have applied the five-second rule. However, bacteria latch on your food right away even if it’s under 30 seconds.
4. You Can Contaminate Your Food at the Grocery Store
Many of us know not to cut our veggies with the same knife that we cut our meat. However, we could be contaminating our food before we bring it home.
It’s important to separate our food items in the cart at the grocery store. If you place raw meat next to produce, you risk contaminating your food.
5. Leftover Don’t Need to Cool Off
Some of us wait until our leftovers have cooled off before putting them in the fridge. However, by doing this, we simply encourage bacteria to grow.
If you have leftovers, it’s a better practice to put them in the fridge right away.
6. Ordering Fish on a Monday is a No-No
If you read Anthony Bourdain’s book, “Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly,” then you know why ordering food on Monday might not be the best idea.
For those who didn’t read the book, the reason is restaurants order food before the weekend rush. Getting fish on a Monday means you will be eating a four day old serving of fish.
Of course, if you’re near the coast where the seafood is plentiful, you should feel free to order fish. You can also eat fish from reputable restaurants that use food safety software to remain compliant.
7. Don’t Let Your Food Thaw on the Counter
Too many of us are guilty of taking out a steak and letting it thaw on the counter for a few hours. Because the room could reach different temperatures in a few hours, it’s not a great idea. Rather than letting it sit on the counter, leave it to thaw in the fridge overnight.
Food Safety Fun Facts You Should Know
Now that you know about these food safety fun facts, you will avoid inviting a case of food poisoning into your life. Remember to put your leftovers away, don’t eat cut up fruit that has been sitting out, and don’t order fish from a restaurant on Monday.
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