On The Dr. Oz Show today, Weschester County New York Health Inspector Peter Delucia showed up unexpectedly to three homes in order to see if these home kitchens would pass a health inspection test. The results may be alarming.
According to Dr. Oz and DeLucia, one of the biggest mistakes people make in their kitchens is not keeping the refrigerator at a cold enough temperature. When fridge temps exceed 41 degrees fahrenheit, they become a breeding ground for bacteria. Oz and DeLucia suggest buying and hanging a cheap thermometer inside to double-check the temp.
You put apples in the fruit bin and condiments on the door, but did you know that there is a proper place in the fridge to store meat? According to Oz and DeLucia, it’s important to place raw meats, poultry and seafood on the bottom shelf so that drippings don’t contaminate other foods.
Another mistake people make is improper sanitization of cutting boards. Oz and DeLucia warn viewers to throw away cutting boards with nicks or gauges, as these areas can harbor bacteria. They also suggest using separate cutting boards for meat and fruit/vegetables, to avoid cross-contamination. Cutting boards and all wooden utensils should be run through the dishwasher after each use, or wiped down with a quarter teaspoon of bleach to a quart of water, then washed with soap and warm water.
And even though you might like your hamburgers bloody, not cooking meat to a high enough temperature is another kitchen violation that DeLucia can’t tolerate. Ground beef and pork must be cooked to 160 degrees fahrenheit, while poultry must reach an internal temperature of 165 degrees fahrenheit to be considered safe for consumption.
With Thanksgiving right around the corner, let’s hope these hints and tips on how to keep a kitchen clean and sanitary will help families keep bacteria and sicknesses far away.
What are your plans for Thanksgiving?