Tips for Handling and Storing Food

Food is delicious. As humans, we look forward to the next meal. We also want to know that our food is safe. The food we eat should be handled and stored safely. Promote food hygiene through safe food storage and handling. Follow the right procedures when preparing food for the public so that the food you give to others is also safe for consumption.

Food Storage

Food poisoning results from bacteria from food that has been stored or handled incorrectly. Contaminated food might smell and taste normal, and bacteria in these foods can increase if not stored well. The helpful tips discussed below can prevent food poisoning.

Temperature Danger Zone

Keep food out of the temperature zone between 5 degrees Celsius and 60 degrees Celsius because bacteria multiply in the temperature zone.

High-Risk Foods

High-risk foods include raw and cooked meat, dairy products, eggs and egg products, kinds of seafood, prepared salads, and ready-to-eat foods.

Food packaged in cans and jars is at high-risk food after opening. They should be stored appropriately after opening.

Store CBD Products Correctly

It can be a challenge to find high-quality CBD and when you find what works for you, ensure that you store it well. CBD products degrade over time and should be stored in dark, airtight bottles. It should not necessarily be refrigerated, but the refrigerator is a cool and dark place.

The shelf-life of CBD products will vary depending on quality packaging and storage. The varieties effectively manage several health conditions, including those that affect your sleep. Talk to your doctor to know when to take CBD before bed if you are using it to treat sleep-related conditions.

Food Deliveries

People use apps to get meals in this day and age. Businesses thrive on having the best delivery services so that their customers get their food at the right time and at the same time practice good safety habits. Food deliveries can be kept safe in the following ways.

The food is kept at the same temperature zone to reduce the chances of bacteria growing on it. Do not keep high-risk food in the temperature danger zone for more than two hours. Customers should receive and eat or refrigerate their food within this time.

Use insulated bags to deliver food. The right packaging ensures that the food remains fresh and appealing. Materials that can be good for packaging include plastic materials, styrofoam, aluminum foil, and biodegradable material. The food should not be delivered to long distances to get to the customer in time.

Guidelines for Storing Food

  • Cover food using a clean cover. Avoid re-using plastic and aluminum covers
  • Wrap cooked food and store them above raw foods in the refrigerator
  • You might need to adjust the fridge’s temperature regularly when the weather is hot
  • Do not overstock your refrigerator and defrost them regularly
  • Air should circulate easily around the food in your refrigerator
  • Foods that should be kept above 60 degrees are stews, soups, and curries. Keep foods such as desserts, dairy products, and sliced meats below 5 degrees
  • Defrost food in the microwave because using the bench increases bacteria growth
  • Cook food thoroughly. Heat meat and poultry to at least 75 degrees Celsius to kill most harmful bacteria
  • Cook and serve the food immediately. If you need to reheat food, ensure it is steaming hot

Handling Food

Prevent food poisoning by handling food appropriately. Bacteria are spread from one place to another through poor food handling practices. You can stop the spread of the bacteria in the following ways.

Hand Washing

  • Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water before handling foods, after going to the toilet, between handling raw and cooked foods
  • Wash hands after contamination, such as sneezing and handling unclean items
  • You can use prepackaged towelettes to clean your hands

Food Protection

  • Use tongs and forks to handle food whenever possible
  • Wash foods and vegetables before eating them
  • Clean and prepare food using safe water
  • Avoid cutting foods on one cutting board. Use separate ones for various types of foods
  • Protects food preparations areas from insects and pests
  • Do not allow bare hands to come in contact with food that will not be cooked.
  • Avoid preparing foods if you have cuts or infections on your hands.

Most food poisoning happens at home. Avoid food poisoning by preparing, cooking, and handling food correctly.


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