Kitchen Safety & Sanitation. Or…what You Don’t Know CAN Hurt You!. Paula Haggerty Family & Consumer Science Pierce Middle School. Unit Objectives. Learn why it is important to work in a clean and safe kitchen. Know how to prevent food-borne illnesses.
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Or…what You Don’t Know CAN Hurt You!
Paula HaggertyFamily & Consumer SciencePierce Middle School
Every day we assume that the food we eat is safe. However, unless everyone who has handled the food has used good sanitation practices this may not be the case. SANITATION is the process of handling food in ways that are clean and healthy.
No one likes to cut a finger on a knife, get burned or slip and fall. Most of us, however, have had one or more of these accidents. SAFETY in the kitchen means using precautionary methods in the kitchen to prevent an accident. Most accidents in the kitchen are due to carelessness.
SAFETY first. How much do you already know about kitchen safety? For each question below, decide whether the practice is safe or unsafe. Click the box next to each question to reveal the answer.
1. Use a towel or your apron to remove a pan from the oven.
2. Pour salt or baking soda over the flames of a grease fire.
3. Wipe up spills on the floor right away.
4. Pour water on a grease fire.
5. Tie back long hair.
6. Climb up on the counter to get items from the top shelf.
7. Use electric appliances with wet hands.
8. Wearing loose clothing while working in the kitchen.
9. Cut away from your body when using a sharp knife.
10. Keep cabinet doors open so everything is in easy reach.
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Ways to prevent burns and fires.
How to avoid falls.
How to prevent cuts.
Think about your kitchen at home. How well do you follow safety procedures there?
Now for SANITATION. How much do you already know about staying sanitary in the kitchen? Let’s test your knowledge. Read the story “SCHOOL DANCE DISASTER” on the next slides. Every time you come to an underlined phrase you will need to make a decision. Is this situation SANITARY or UNSANITARY? Once you have decided on your answer, click on the link to see if you are correct.
Justin, a 12 year old middle school student, volunteered to help prepare food for the big 8th grade dance. He had just moved to this area, but never had a food class before. All the guys in his neighborhood were busy cooking because they learned so much from their foods teacher in school and Justin wanted to be part of the fun.
The first item to prepare was egg salad sandwiches. As Justin put the eggs in the water to boil, he filled the pot a little too full and it spilled by the time all the eggs were put in it. He grabbed the towel he used for drying dishes and immediately wiped up the spill on the floor. While the eggs were cooling, Justin began the chicken salad. The chicken had thawed on the counter since last night, so it was ready to be boiled. He thought it smelled odd, but decided to use it anyway since he didn’t have time to wait for more chicken to thaw. The boiling water would certainly kill any germs, he thought.
Justin was dressed in a long baggy shirt. As he tried to fix his sleeves one more time, his cat, G-Unit, jumped onto the counter looking for attention. The family adores G-Unit and always lets him sit wherever he wants. Justin went back to cooking while G-Unit kept his eye on the chicken salad. Finally he finished and packed it into a box sitting on the table along with some sandwiches which were already packed.
The last item to be made was the fruit salad. Justin grabbed some cans of peaches, fruit cocktail and pineapple chunks. One can was dented but Justin thought it was fine. The can wasn’t leaking so it must be OK to use. He added the other fresh fruit and stirred it with a wooden spoon. It looked so good he just had to taste it, and he licked the wooden spoon. Justin thought he should add some cinnamon, so he sprinkled it on the salad and stirred it again with the same wooden spoon. Now all the food was ready and it was time to change closes and get his mother to take him to the dance.
At the dance Justin was happy to see all the food he prepared disappeared quickly. Everyone had a great time, but as people started leaving they were getting stomach cramps…..
After completing the story, click HERE to continue learning about Sanitation.
OH NO! Justin should NEVER use the dish towel to wipe up the floor!! If he forgets to put it into the laundry right away, he could spread germs from the dirty floor to clean dishes!
A better and more sanitary solution would be to use a mop to clean up the spill on the floor. Click HERE to return to the story.
OH NO! Allowing meat to thaw on the counter can allow bacteria to grow and multiply in your food.
A better and more sanitary solution would be to thaw meat, fish and poultry in the refrigerator. Keep HOT foods HOT and COLD foods COLD! Click HERE to return to the story.
OH NO! JUSTIN!!! Believe your nose! Food that smells spoiled is probably not safe to use!
Although boiling water might indeed kill any germs, no amount of boiling can return SPOILED food to a condition that is safe to eat. Click HERE to return to the story.
OH NO! JUSTIN!!! Keep pets off kitchen counters and tables. They can spread germs….even G-Unit!
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OH NO! Salmonella can grow in cans that are dented or bulging. NEVER NEVER use foods from dented cans.
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OH NO! Justin’s mouth can be a home to millions of bacteria. Never lick a spoon or taste from a spoon and then put that spoon back into the food.
Use a clean spoon for every taste. Never put a spoon that’s been in your mouth back into the food you are cooking! Click HEREto return to the story.
Right now, there may be an invisible enemy ready to strike. He's called BAC (bacteria) and he can make people sick. In fact, even though we can't see BAC - or smell him, or feel him - he and millions more like him may already be invading food products, kitchen surfaces, knives and other utensils. But we have the power to Fight BAC! and to keep food safe from harmful bacteria. It's as easy as following these four simple steps:
SEPARATE: Don’t cross contaminate
COOK: To proper temperatures
CHILL: Refrigerate promptly.
Research the four steps to FIGHT BAC! at this website. When you have completed your research, write a newspaper article to be submitted to the school newsletter. This article should inform our students about what the 4 steps are, why they are important, and what everyone at school can do to make sure they FIGHT BAC! and keep food safe from bacteria.
Basic rules of kitchen sanitation include practicing good personal hygiene, keeping the kitchen sanitary and preparing and storing food properly. By following the guidelines we have just learned, you can feel more confident that the food prepared in your kitchen is safe to eat.
Safety is an important part of our everyday lives. By taking the necessary precautions, you can reduce or eliminate burns, fires, falls, cuts, electrical shocks, and poisonings in your kitchen. Put safety first!
IT IS BETTER TO BE SAFE THAN SORRY!