Twitter Party: Cooking Safely In The Kitchen

Twitter Party: Cooking Safely In The Kitchen

Thu 03 Nov 2011

Story by Johane Levesque

The Food Revolution is going strong around the world. We’ve had great examples of how the movement is going forward on Tuesdays at our weekly Twitter Party. The topic of discussion this week was Food Safety. My experience as a professional cook certainly came in handy, and it was a pleasure to share the information I know with others.

Thanks to everyone who joined! Be sure to use your new Food Safety tips when cooking this week’s Food Revolution recipe of the week - Sloppy Joes, and don’t forget to upload your pictures on the Food Revolution community page.

Party Questions and Some of the Best Tweets

Q1 What does food safety mean for you and your family?

@LZXpress Food safety means the family understanding our options, which means education and labels!

@MOM4EVEREVER clean tools, clean food, clean environment, clean people cooking

Q1a How has food safety changed since your mother’s or grand-mother’s day?

@Justinerows Exponential increase in the use of chemicals from pesticides to in BPA cans to ammoniated ground meat.

@LZXpress Food safety is not taught in all schools now - only the lucky few. So many never learn food prep safety.

Q2 What safety tools and equipment do you/should you have in your kitchen?

@JaimeMorlin Essential- Thermometer #FoodRevParty

@Lanaprekprogram Clean cutting boards... and wood cutting boards.

Whether using wood or plastic, cutting boards should be washed very carefully with soap and hot water. If necessary replace them. Glass and stone cutting boards are terribly damaging to knives. In all cases, when using a cutting board, place it on either a non-skid mat or a damp towel so that the board won’t slide around as you work.

We also had a question about safety around the stove for young kids. This is important. We can “baby proof” much of space, but sometimes the only thing we can do to prevent an accident is to be present, aware, and say no. Not always easy but keep handles turned in, keep cords and anything that could dangle away from the edge of the counter, and keep any flammables away from the stove top.

Q3 How do you prevent food borne illness?

@lanaprekprogram Keeping things at the right temp, not letting them sit 2 long, wash produce well

@JTFinkelstein limit how much you purchase at any one time so it is as fresh as can be and not sitting around #foodrevparty

Q4 What do you know about safe food temperatures? With the Holidays coming up, how will you care for your Turkey? When our fridges get full, what do you keep in and keep out to keep everything safe?

@lanaprekprogram For anything requiring a meat thermometer, I have to google. A lot. I can never remember so I look it up.

At this point our chat ended, and we went our separate ways – some of us to clean our kitchens… However a question came in that was too important to be ignored:

@CoreyCockerillasked: I worry about meats at holiday events left out for all-day nibbling. How to tell host it may not be safe? #foodrevparty

As a parent who often hosts up to 20 people at family gatherings, I can appreciate how difficult it can be to always refresh platters for people to have things to munch on. It’s why I serve preserves, bread and crackers, cheeses, vegetable sticks with a little dip that can easily be refilled, and nuts. Meat stays in the refrigerator.

Here is an excellent link for home food safety guidelines and includes a great food temperature chart (in both Celcius and Farenheit).

Next week’s #foodrevparty is Tuesday Nov 8th at 7pm PST/10pm EDT, join for more Food Revolution Conversations with @MuffinTinMom

About the author: Johane Levesque is a loving wife, caring mother to 4 girls and 3 cats, passionate foodie and a long time food revolutionary!


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