Expert advice, Nutrition
10 Tips To Handle Food During & Post COVID-19

Charmaine D Souza

PG in Applied Nutrition and Dietetics

3 min read

 

Food safety has never been more imperative than now during COVID-19. To ease the process, we need to know which precautions we should be taking in our lives to avoid any infections, contaminants and health scare from compromising our livelihood. Many of us can’t afford to get our homes sanitized by private companies; well, there are still many ways to reduce the risk of infection smartly and sustainably. Here are a few tips to get you started.

Wash UR hands with soap and water.

Scrub and wash every part of UR hand with soap for 20 seconds. Rinse UR hands thoroughly and dry UR hands with a clean hand towel or paper towel. Use the paper or hand towel to shut the running faucet.

Sanitize surfaces.

Sanitize surfaces.

All the surfaces in UR house should be sanitized regularly and not just in UR kitchen. You can clean surfaces with an unscented disinfectant. Or if you prefer to make UR own disinfectant, then we have that covered too below!

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Wash UR veggies & fruits.

We can’t stress this point enough. Any food vegetable or fruit coming from outside UR home needs to be washed in lukewarm water with salt. This helps kill any germs, bacteria and other contaminants which can affect UR health. Avoid eating the vegetable peels or fruit peels as it may still have unwanted bacteria or germs. Use them to make UR own compost instead.

Throw out the packaging if UR ordering out.

Throw out the packaging if UR ordering out.

Sometimes we can’t help but give in to a cheat day! So, when UR ordering out make sure you
Opt for a no-contact delivery, throw out the utensils and the bag the food has come in. Immediately transfer the food into UR utensils and reheat the food again. The best advice is that you should completely avoid ordering food as this can put and UR loved ones at risk.

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Always separate UR foods when UR shopping.

This means you should place raw fish, meat and poultry in separate bags or boxes. Store these foods below the ready-to-eat food items.

Separate the foods when UR preparing and serving the food.

Separate the foods when UR preparing and serving the food.

Always make sure you use a clean cutting board for fresh produce and a separate board for seafood, meat and poultry. Never place the cooked food on the same plate or cutting board that previously held the raw food.

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Clear out UR refrigerator once a week.

Get rid of any refrigerated foods that should no longer be eaten after a week. Cooked leftovers should be discarded max after four days; raw poultry and ground meat for 1 to 2 days.

Use a food thermometer when UR cooking meat.

Use a food thermometer when UR cooking meat.

A food thermometer is a fab addition to helping anyone manage food better. These thermometers can be used to ensure that the food is cooked safely, especially meat and that cooked food is kept at safe temperatures until it is eaten.

Keep all UR utensils and appliances clean!

This practice should be followed without a doubt. No matter how to clean UR veggies, fruits or kitchen surfaces are, if your utensils and appliances aren’t clean UR risking yourself and UR family members to bacteria and unnecessary health concerns.

Carry UR own lunch and water.

Carry UR own lunch and water.

When things do get back to normal, it is best to take UR own lunch, water and cutlery along with you to work, college or school. As bizarre as this may sound, this can eliminate potential risks, infections and germs from spreading.

These tips should not only be followed now but throughout to avoid compromising UR health, especially during COVID-19. If you want a few more kitchen tips, then check out our video on Stuff to think about while cooking. Cleaning products and agents can be a blessing and a curse, well one good thing is that we also have a natural cleanser recipe for you too!

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