In many homes, the kitchen is the most important room. Families gather to cook and eat together, kids do homework, and family life flows around the heart of the home. It’s important to keep your kitchen clean so your family can stay healthy. Here are eight tips to have a germ-free kitchen.
1. Avoid cross contamination
Basic food safety is important, even in a home kitchen. When prepping raw meat, use one knife and cutting board, and then disinfect the counter and clean your tools immediately. Clean as you cook to help avoid any contamination of food due to spills and re-using dirty utensils. Be sure to wash your hands often, particularly after handing raw meat and eggs.
2. Refrigerator rules
In the fridge, store meat, eggs and dairy products away from fruits and vegetables. Keep raw meats contained and separate from other foods. Watch the temperature of your fridge and freezer. The FDA recommends your fridge should be 40 degrees or below and the freezer should be at 0 degrees. Clean your fridge regularly to disinfect from food germs and get rid of foods that have spoiled.
3. Keep hot foods hot
Do you know the minimum temperature requirements for safely cooking meat? Different meats require different cooking temperatures, so learn to use a thermometer. After food has been cooked, it should be eaten immediately and then safely stored. Don’t leave hot food out for too long, or bacteria begins to grow. Risk of food poisoning grows the longer food is left out.
4. Keep cold foods cold
Remember the refrigerator rules? Cold foods need to be kept cold to be safe. Consider using a tub of ice if you have salads or other cold food items out on a buffet. Bacteria can multiply quickly, so if in doubt, throw food out.
5. Beware of dirty rags and sponges
Wiping kitchen surfaces down is important, but you want to avoid spreading germs around. I use a fresh cloth every day, and even change it out during the day if I’ve used it to wipe up raw meat juice or raw egg. You can disinfect sponges in the microwave or the dishwasher; be sure to do so daily. I like to use a disinfectant spray in the kitchen after I’ve worked with foods that can contaminate. There are plant-based ones with fewer chemicals if you are concerned about chemicals in your kitchen.
6. Is there a 5-second rule?
Well, that might depend on how often you clean your floor! The kitchen floor needs to be mopped at least once a week. I generally throw away food that has touched the floor. E coli, a dangerous bacteria, can be transferred to food as soon as it hits a surface. Of course, small children often eat food off of the floor, as do pets, and most are perfectly fine.
7. Rotate food supply
Knowing the “sell by” and “best buy” dates on your food is important. It is easy to tell when dairy products have gone bad; milk smells off and cheese develops mold. Unfortunately, some spoiled food is safe to eat, while other seemingly fine food can make you very sick. Storing food properly and rotating your food supply should help you stay healthy.
Don’t forget to go through your pantry items as well. Some nuts don’t last more than a few months, and canned goods can develop botulism. Be aware of cans that are dented or bulging. These signs might indicate the food has spoiled.
8. Consider a food safety course
A recent job I had required me to have a current food handler’s permit. Since it had been several years since I last had one, I found the course very informative and helpful. Now that I know the rules and guidelines for food safely, I feel much more confident in keeping my kitchen clean and my family safe. The course and test for my state was online and very inexpensive. If you’re concerned about food safety and want to know more, consider looking for a course in your county or state.
Keeping your family safe and healthy is a top priority. Having a germ-free kitchen will help you do just that. The kitchen is the heart of the home. Make sure it’s a safe place for everyone.
Exotic Resorts May Be the Best Bet for a Holiday
An exotic vacation usually means exploring a distant foreign country, whilst resorts are places
to go for rest, sport, or which offers a particular speciality, with many resorts being part of a
popular tourist destination or on or near a beach. If you are planning a vacation to an exotic
resort it can be a once-in-a-lifetime vacation to a far-flung destination or a luxurious place to
stay closer to home where you can enjoy some pampering.
Why stay at an exotic resort
Exotic resorts often offer all-inclusive vacation deals, along with other options that leave you
to plan your stay more precisely to your own wishes. These resorts offer excellent customer
service, superb accommodation and facilities and are usually to be found in beautiful settings.
Here are some of the best resorts from around the world for you to consider:
Four Seasons Resort, Seychelles
This famous resort has made many feel they have entered Paradise. The gentle ocean breeze
floats up the granite hillside and into your tree-house villa tucked away from the other guests
staying at the resort. This is perfect for encouraging you to relax, either by your private pool
or in the clear blue waters of Petite Anse Bay. Perfect for a romantic stay, there is a Spa for
pampering and the chance for a sunset meal on a deserted beach.
Some enjoy simply sitting on their balcony, gazing at the ocean between reading their book,
sketching or checking out international bookmakers and betting sites for the chance of a
flutter. If you want another type of adrenaline kick, check out the resorts excellent kayaking
and snorkelling facilities, which are recommended by nearly all who try it.
Anantara Resort, Hua Hin, Thailand
The ultimate tropical getaway, the Anantara Resort is an award-winning site modelled on a
traditional Thai village and is just three hours drive south of Bangkok. The location is where
Thai royalty and aristocrats have been holidaying for almost one-hundred years. Today, you
can visit historical attractions alongside theme parks and shops as well as vineyards and golf
The resort is set among 14 acres of lush tropical grounds with lotus-filled lagoons and
meandering pathways through exotic foliage, with many rooms overlooking the shoreline.
Each day, chefs prepare freshly caught local seafood alongside Thai specialities. The resort
also has an award-winning spa located within a lagoon-inspired oasis offering you the perfect
opportunity to relax.
Kurumba is a well-established resort that opened almost 50 years ago and continues to offer
superb hospitality and contemporary facilities. There are seven speciality restaurants offering
cuisine from Italy to the Middle East as well as Thila, a restaurant which extends out over the
water which offers gourmet breakfasts and seafood dinners.
You can go snorkelling over the nearby reef full of colourful marine life or sign up to a dive
package as part of your stay, or just enjoy a private pool when staying at one of the spacious
villages. There are also deluxe beachfront bungalows offering direct beach access and views
of the crystal-clear waters.
Healthcare Workers To Receive Coca-Cola-Funded PPEs From Nigerian Red Cross
Since the outbreak of the Coronavirus disease in Nigeria, our healthcare workers have continued to lead the charge against the disease. As the number of recorded COVID-19 cases in Nigeria began to increase, these healthcare workers rose to the challenge and fought tirelessly to protect the lives of Nigerians impacted by the disease.
Considering the risks these healthcare workers face, there is a crucial need for adequate protective equipment for these brave frontline workers.
Coca-Cola is excited that over 400,000 Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) procured to support the intervention efforts of the Nigerian Government and other key stakeholders to fight the COVID 19 pandemic have arrived. We do believe that this will to provide succor to our healthcare workers on the frontlines
These PPEs comprise N95 respirators, surgical masks, examination gloves, face shields, medical gowns, no-touch thermometers, disposable aprons, heavy-duty rubber gloves, rubber boots, basic masks, disposable gloves, and hand sanitizers.
Since the first confirmed case of the disease in Nigeria reported in February, over 800 healthcare workers have contracted the disease. While Nigerians are encouraged to stay home where possible and practice social distancing, these healthcare workers are needed across the country in the continued fight against the disease.
This donation forms part of The Coca-Cola Foundation’s COVID-19 relief interventions in Nigeria. The Coca-Cola Foundation has provided $2.5m in grant to IFRC who seeks to directly impact the lives of 1.4 million people in Nigeria and across other countries in West and Central Africa under this partnership.
Taking Care of Tomorrow’s Leaders Today – The itel, Lagos Food Bank Example
Waking up to a special meal or choice gift is the best feeling ever. Hundreds of children in Mushin, mainland Lagos, had a filling taste of this feeling for the October 1 st celebrations. It’s an experience they will remember for a long time.
Being one of the most responsible corporate citizens around, celebrating Independence Day was always going to be on the radar for itel Mobile. To make this possible and memorable, the brand got to work in earnest. The focus of the work was picking the best way to commemorate the 60th independence anniversary of the most populous black nation on earth.
The efforts soon paid off through an impact-driven partnership with the Lagos Food Bank Initiative. With the arrangement, both partners considered a couple of activities capable of affecting communities positively and bringing smiles to people’s faces in Lagos. At the end of the exercise, taking care of children, the leaders of tomorrow, in the commercial city secured the highest votes.
With the decision, itel Mobile set about making this happen. Not surprisingly, the decision was
influenced by giving children the means to excel and prepare them for leadership and nation-building, for them to enjoy better life. For the good of their immediate family, community and the Nigerian society.
Idiko, Mushin, a suburb of mainland Lagos, was chosen as the benefiting community. And the partners strategically reached out to the beneficiaries, children and families, with gifts of love, care, happiness and support made possible by the itel Love Always On CSR initiative.
Over 1,000 families benefited from the gesture as well as 600 children, and each one of them received food packages to celebrate Nigeria’s 60 th Independence Day commemoration.
Speaking on the event and itel’s Love Always On CSR Initiative, Oke Umurhohwo, itel’s Marketing Manager said, ‘We wanted to mark this year’s Independence Day celebrations differently, and that is why we did something so momentous for our children. Children are the backbone of any longstanding community, and as such, we are proud to be able to give back and support them on their journey as leaders of tomorrow and for a better life.’
To meet the demands of the memorable event, 30 volunteers joined the customer-centric brand and the Lagos-based NGO to share smiles, and to convey just how important it is to love and take care of today’s children who will ultimately become leaders of tomorrow.
With the thoughtful activity, there are insights for everyone, from the government to citizens, on partnerships that are capable of making life better for children. Indeed, itel Mobile and the Lagos Food Bank Initiative have offered a great template on bringing this to reality.
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