13 Cooking Safety Tips Every Cook Should Know
As fun and memorable as cooking in the kitchen with mom or grandma might be, safety should always be your number one priority. Here are 13 cooking safety tips that every cook should know.
1. Reduce your intake of fish that may contain mercury. Mercury is a toxin that we do not want in our bodies. Use organic vegetables oils such as sunflower, flax, olive oil and sesame to reap the benefits of the essential omega-3 6 and 9s.
2. When cooking chicken or other poultry, it is a good idea to take the skin off. The fat from poultry can add unpleasant textures to your finished dish.
3. The temperature inside a crock pot should be at least 140 degrees. Start the temperature on high for at least the first hour. After the first hour, the dial can be turned to low to for the remainder of the cooking time.
4. The handles of pots and pans should be turned away from the front of the stove. This will avoid dangerous accidents.
5. When cooking, take extra precautions not to reach over the cooking surface. Sleeves can easily catch on fire.
6. Knives or other sharp objects should not be placed in a sink that is full. It would be very easy for someone to reach into the sink and get hurt.
7. Hot liquids in a blender can cause injury. Secure the top of the blender with a kitchen towel and your hands before turning on the motor.
8. All poultry products should be handled with care. Wash your hands after handling poultry. Change the utensils and cutting board after use to avoid contamination. It is best to use a paper towel for clean up. that can be tossed
9. Every kitchen should have a list of emergency numbers posted in a conspicuous location. This list should include numbers for hospitals, fire department, grandparents, and Police Department etc.
10. The list should be posted at a height that kids can see. A quick overview of the numbers and when they should be used will provide a level of safety for you and your children.
11. Keep a fire extinguisher in strategic locations in the house. The kitchen and the garage are obvious locations.
12. All families should participate in a fire drill so kids will know the escape route out of the house in case of fire.
13. Put out a small pan fire by sliding a lid over the flames.
Once you've got these cooking safety tips and measures down pat and in place, have a ball cooking to your heart's (or should I say stomach's) content.