Top 5 Most Forgotten Tips for Safe Food Preparation


The restaurant industry knows the mile-long list that exists to ensure the safety of our patrons' food. How often do we forget to get back to just the basics? We decided to compile a list of the top five tips for safe food preparation that anyone can remember.

#1 Handwashing

This is one of the most critical steps! When should you wash your hands?

Here is a short but not inclusive list:

Watch how to properly wash your hands here.

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#2 Refrigerate / Freeze

Always refrigerate or freeze perishable food, leftovers, or prepared food within two hours. Do not leave food sitting out at room temperature for longer than two hours. 

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Hot food must also be chilled sooner rather than later to help prevent bacterial growth. We recommend that you use our blast chiller to efficiently cool your prepared foods.  

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#3 Cook to Proper Temperatures

Cooking food to the proper internal temperatures will decrease the chances of food poisoning and bacterial growth. It is best to check the temperature by using a food thermometer but you can also look for these visuals signs that the food is properly cooked:

Here is a basic list of temperatures:

You can find a full list of proper cooking temperatures here.

#4 Proper Food Storage

There are several things to remember when storing fresh, frozen, cooked, and raw food. You must consider temperatures and location. Here is a list of the basic rules:

A full list of storage tips can be found here.

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#5 Keep Raw Food Away From Fresh Food

Always clean cutting boards and knives after cutting raw meat before using fresh foods such as vegetables or fruits. It is best to have a separate cutting board for raw and fresh foods. Never place cooked or fresh food on same plate/tray that previously held as raw meat, eggs, poultry or seafood.

 If you need help with determining what equipment you need in order to properly store and prepare your food please don't hesitate to contact us. We have the unique and top-of-the-line equipment to meet your needs! 

*Disclaimer: All food safety regulations may vary from state to state. Please check your state's food regulations for all food safety measures. You can find your food regulations listed here.

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