Raw chicken

Clean

  • Always wash and dry your hands thoroughly before and after preparing food.
  • Use separate cloths for wiping hands and dishes – and make sure they’re clean.
  • Use different coloured cloths for the dishes, the bench and the floor – ideally, use paper towels to wipe up floor spills.
  • Change your dishcloth regularly. For a quick fix, rinse well then microwave it for 2 to 4 minutes on high … that’ll kill most of the bugs.

Cook

  • Keep raw and cooked foods separate at all times.
  • After cutting raw meat and poultry, wash your chopping board and your knives thoroughly in hot soapy water or in the dishwasher.
  • Use separate chopping boards for raw food and food that’s not going to be cooked before eating (such as salads).
  • Cook chicken, mince and sausages right through. If in doubt, the best way to tell is to use a meat thermometer to check these meats are cooked to the safe internal temperature of 75°C.
  • Marinate food in the fridge – and cook the marinade before pouring it over cooked food.

Chill

  • Make sure your fridge temperature stays in the safe zone between 2°C and 4°C.
  • Cover food before putting in the fridge.
  • Always cover raw meat and store on the bottom shelf of the fridge so that juices don’t drip on other food.
  • Freezers should be between -15°C and -18°C but food is safe as long as it is frozen solid. Anything that defrosts should be cooked, refrigerated or eaten within two hours. If in doubt, throw it out.
  • Defrost food in a covered container in the fridge overnight or on the defrost setting in the microwave. Make sure it’s defrosted right through before cooking.
  • Perishable food can be left covered at room temperature for up to two hours. Then it should be eaten, refrigerated or thrown out.

 

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