Showing posts with label Food Hygiene. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Food Hygiene. Show all posts

Things to Remember When Working with Food

If you work in the food industry or simply enjoy cooking from home, you will already be familiar with many of the necessary procedures and precautions that you must take when working with food. Cleanliness is of the utmost importance.  People are going to eat the food you cook and so you have to make sure that you aren’t going to accidentally poison someone in the process.  Here are some vital things to remember when preparing and cooking food:

Washing hands in kitchen sink

(c) Can Stock Photo / Feverpitched 

Wash your hands
The first thing and the most basic of these steps are to wash your hands before handling food. This is important to avoid the spread of bacteria onto food.  If you take a moment and think about everything you have touched throughout the day, you will realise that you have probably encountered numerous bacterial substances such as bins, toilets and pets etc. Use warm water and soap and clean them thoroughly beforehand.


High Speed Training Courses - Review

Do you know that if you decide to sell food items from your home, or you want to sell food at a pop up event, you would be required to have a Food Hygiene Certificate?  For anyone that regularly works with food it’s a useful qualification to have anyway.  Or maybe you just want to make sure you are safeguarding the health of your family.
Screen shot of the Food Hygiene and Safety Course taken from High Speed Training website: 
High Speed Training Courses

Having been given the opportunity to take a couple of courses from 
High Speed Training, this is how I got on: 

It has to be said, High Speed Training is in my opinion brilliant!

I've recently completed and passed two courses; Level 2 Food Hygiene and Safety and Nutrition and Healthy Eating. 
I would never consider going out to a class to get these certificates as I simply don't have time.  I didn't find the courses boring at all, in fact both the courses were really interesting.  The nutrition one is quite long and I was worried I wouldn't pass as it's quite in depth, but no worries, I passed!

Are the courses easy to understand? 
Yes they are very easy to understand.  There's a list of the different course activities which you simply complete in order.  Each slide is read out to you in a nice clear voice and you press 'next' to continue in your own time without feeling rushed to take it all in.
You can stop the course at any point, anytime you fancy, go and get yourself a cuppa, then go back to it later on whenever it suits you - it remembers where you're up to. 
  Once you're done, it's time to take the quiz which tells you whether or not you've passed.  Your certificate is then posted out to you the next working day, but you can print a temporary certificate in the meantime if you wish.  
All in all:
High Speed Training is the ideal way to gain certificates in a wide range of subjects from Hygiene and Safety through to Financial Services and Business Skills.  Each course is reasonably priced and they are CPD certified and meet UK/EU requirements.

 More about Level 2 Food Hygiene and Safety for Catering:
This course is aimed at food handlers working in catering or hospitality including hotels, restaurants, cafes, bars, fast food outlets, takeaways, cafes, kitchens, hospitals, schools and colleges.

The course gives learners a basic awareness of good hygiene and safety issues and meets food industry regulations, with reference to employees preparing, cooking and handling food in catering settings.

More about Nutrition and Healthy Eating:
With so many people eating the wrong kind of foods, the Nutrition and Healthy Eating course is a great way to ensure you understand how to eat properly and maintain a healthy diet for all age ranges from infants to the elderly.

This course gives an overview of each of the essential components in a healthy diet and explains the different requirements of special diets, including the special diets of children, vegetarians and people in care homes

 Many thanks to Ryan at High Speed Training for making these two courses available for me to review.


Dishwashers - More Hygienic than Washing up by Hand

Most people would agree that washing the dishes is nothing but a chore!  However, there are still an awful lot of homes without a dishwasher. 

What’s more Economical – The Dishwasher or Washing by Hand?
I must point out that I haven’t always had a dishwasher; I used to think that with just the two of us, there was little and no point in buying one.  However, after discovering Homebase dishwasher range, there’s no going back.  I’ve since realised you don’t have to have a huge family to justify having one.  All we do is start loading it in the morning and then keep adding to it throughout the day.  At the end of our evening meal we set it to start and when we get up in the morning the dishes are washed and dried without effort. 

Food Hygiene

It is so important to have a good knowledge and standard of hygiene when handling and cooking food. Poor standards can result in serious illness.

I've just completed an online course for a Food, Hygiene and Safety Certificate.
The course was so easy to follow and I completed the whole thing from start to finish this morning.
I also found it very interesting and as it's an e-learning course, you don't even have to leave your home to complete it. The certificate is posted straight to your door!

Even if you don't cook in a professional kitchen, you'll benefit from knowing how to keep your kitchen and its equipment in the best and safest condition possible.

Storing Cooked Rice Safely - Avoid Food Poisoning

It's true that you could get food poisoning from eating reheated rice.
But it's not actually the reheating that's the problem – it's the way the rice has been stored before reheating. Uncooked rice can contain spores of Bacillus cereus, bacteria that can cause food poisoning. 

When the rice is cooked, the spores can survive. Then, if the rice is left standing at room temperature, the spores will germinate into bacteria. These bacteria will multiply and may produce toxins (poisons) that cause vomiting or diarrhea. 

Reheating the rice won't get rid of these toxins.
So, the longer cooked rice is left at room temperature, the more likely it is that bacteria, or the toxins they produce, could stop the rice being safe to eat.  It's best to serve rice when it has just been cooked.

If that isn't possible, cool the rice as quickly as possible (ideally within one hour) and keep it in the fridge for no more than one day until reheating.  You can of course freeze cooked rice, just be sure to follow the previously mentioned instructions of cooling it quickly.  
Remember that when you reheat any food, you should always check that it's piping hot all the way through, and avoid reheating more than once.

It's also important to get rid of food waste Clearabee rubbish removal is important after cooking to prevent nasty bugs from multiplying and horrid smells.

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