Confessions of a Food Safety Rookie
As a technology student, I always looked at food safety as a case study problem, not something that was relevant to my own chicken (or sometimes ramen) dinner. Thankfully, there are tools like the new FoodInsight Food Safety Facebook Tab to figure out what on Earth I’m supposed to be doing.
As a technology student, I always looked at food safety as a case study problem, not something that was relevant to my own chicken (or sometimes ramen) dinner.
I’m a pretty prime example of a millennial foodie- always on the go. So my food thermometer sat in a drawer, always unsure where to find the right sized batteries. My kitchen towels wiped meat juice, spilled milk, and clean hands alike. My tuna salad hung around in a Tupperware until I remembered it. Things were generally tidy, though, and I figured that I’d always be fine because it didn’t look like a sty. The truth is, we all assume that we can see risks just by looking—and we can’t.
The simplest steps for food safety won’t necessarily make things look nicer, but they can save you a pretty unpleasant night in the ER with norovirus or salmonella (a story for another time). The biggest reason I went #FoodSafe was the realization that it wasn’t just my risk- I was even putting my guests or my baby nephew at risk. I always thought that keeping high food safety standards would be a full time job- like the managers of commercial kitchens- but quick tips from FoodInsight Food Safety made it easy to integrate little routine changes that kept my kitchen safer.
The new Food Safety tab even lets me factcheck my kitchen debates, from how long I can keep leftovers to how long you have to cook pork, and get responses from Food Safety experts. (Admittedly, my husband finds my newfound know-it-all-itude mildly annoying). Now I’m lucky enough to work down the hall from these experts, and we work together to continue to make food safety easier and clearer for cooks, college students, and moms everywhere.
So tell us, why do you go #foodsafe, and how can the Food Safety tab make it pain-free?