Apart from being able to serve delicious food to people, a chef’s main duty is to make sure that the environment that he is cooking in is safe for all, not just himself. There are of course many safety measures that can be taken by the chefs to ensure that all goes well in the kitchen with no accidents occurring, however, one extremely important safety measure that many tend to forget is the cleanliness of the kitchen.
Prioritising the cleanliness of the kitchen is something that all chefs must keep in mind. It’s not just the food you cook that has to be sanitary, but also the area in which you work. In case you’re having trouble figuring it out, here are some places that you should always keep clean to ensure that your food is sanitary and safe to consume.
One of the easiest surfaces to clean is your stovetop. With food pouring over the pans and oil gushing all over, it’s no surprise that your stovetop has to be cleaned thoroughly every now and then. Cleaning oil spills and stains can be challenging; therefore, one option to lessen your effort is to store your cooking oil in non-drip oil bottles. You can lessen the likelihood of your oil spilling out and dirtying your stovetop this way.
The presence of a garbage can in the kitchen is a regular occurrence. Almost always, bits and pieces of food waste, as well as leftover food, are placed in the trash can. As a result, failing to dispose of trash on a daily basis will not only cause the area to stink but will also stimulate the spread of bacteria. Another reminder: in addition to emptying the trash can on a regular basis, it is also necessary to keep the garbage can clean. Once a month, wash the garbage can to keep it sanitary and decrease bacterial growth.
The kitchen sink is frequently the last thing on our minds. We normally just throw all of our cooking utensils and dishes in the sink and forget about them for a bit. And, while I understand this because I, too, have had to do the dishes. This is something we must avoid at all costs. Allowing unclean dishes to accumulate will only make cleaning more difficult once the food stains have dried. It’s possible that you didn’t clean it thoroughly, resulting in contaminated and unhygienic dishes.
Another area that should be kept clean is the dish rack. It’s not only a place to put your clean dishes to the test, but any dirt on the dish rack could discolour the plates. It’s also important to remember to empty the water from the bottom tray. This is to keep pests such as mosquitoes from reproducing.
Finally, after you’ve finished all of your meal prep and cooking, wipe off your kitchen counters to remove any food stains or leftovers. This will keep unwanted visitors like cockroaches and rats from making your kitchen their home. Also, remember to store back all ingredients that were not used back into food storage containers in your pantry. This ensures that your food doesn’t spoil and doesn’t invite pests to feast on it.