One of the enjoyable parts of the Thanksgiving/Christmas season is the food. Trying Grandma’s recipes, googling for a new idea on an old recipe, and making the old family favorites is a way to keep the joy of the season. If you have watched some of the documentaries on food preparation safety as I have, you might be scared out of the kitchen. Of course we don’t want to add chemical enemies like formaldehyde, ammonia, phosphates, chlorine, or butyl celloslove along with many others. There is bacteria everywhere even if we think we have cleaned well. Hopefully some good common sense and some great cleaning products will keep you in the kitchen making those family favorites. So. . . we want our kitchens powerfully clean with products that work but are not scary!
Before baking and cooking, here’s a checklist for ideal sanitary standards:
Clean sponges. Sponges, when left out while wet, are breeding grounds for germs and bacteria. Make sure you´re using a strong, microfiber sponge. If you are a member in my Shaklee family I will send you a sponge FREE, just ask. If you join our Shaklee group with a FREE membership with Vitalizer, I will send you one also.
Wash burners and burner plates. Even though it´s unlikely that burners will ever touch your food, they will touch the bottom of your pots and pans. If those pans are removed from the burner and placed on a trivet or countertop, any unsavory mess stuck on the stove will find its way around the rest of your kitchen. Make sure all cleaning products have been rinsed from burners and stove before use, or better yet, spray with a safe cleaner so you don’t have to worry about that. (I’ll send you a FREE sample so you may try it.) Just ask!
Clean cutting boards. Slices in the surface of your cutting boards can house bacteria and germs for months if cleaned improperly. To prevent this, spray cutting boards with a distilled vinegar solution and let stand for 30 minutes. Rinse thoroughly and then clean with a naturally-based solvent. Leave out to dry before storing. Or use this suggestion to sanitize countertops and surfaces between food preps.
Wash your hands! Above all else, wash your hands often throughout the cooking process. After touching unwashed produce, meats and dirty dishes, head straight for the sink. Wash your hands for 30 seconds under hot water using a strong, safe hand soap.
By following these easy tips, your kitchen will be safe and clean. 10% off above Kitchen Kit in December.