Maintaining a hygienic kitchen is vital for maintaining your own health and wellbeing.  Below are a few steps you can take to ensure that your food storage, preparation and eating space are up to scratch.

Food Storage

Ensure that meats and fish are stored in the fridge or freezer.  Pay close attention to the food labels as this will provide you with information on shelf life and cooking instructions.  Always store raw and cooked meats separately.  Ideally store refrigerated meat on the lowest shelf in your fridge as this reduces cross contamination from wet meats dripping onto other foods stored below. 

Dry foods, such as pasta, rice and flour, are best stored in Tupperware pots as this protects them from moisture and prevents psocid infestations. Unopened tins and jars can be stored on a shelf.  Once the tin or jar has been opened check the label for information on storage and shelf life as this will be change once the item is opened. 

Preparing Foods
Always clean chopping boards and cooking utensils in hot soapy water between uses.  Ideally aim to use separate chopping boards for cooked meat, raw meat, fish and vegetables.  If you only have one then clean it thoroughly between use, especially if you are preparing high risk foods like raw and cooked meats.  Apply the same rule to your knives.  If you preparing raw or cooked meat then be sure to change knives or clean your knife thoroughly between uses. Wash fresh fruits and vegetables using a colander and cold running water before cooking or eating.

When you are working in the kitchen tie long hair up and wash your hands thoroughly with soap and warm, running water.  Also wash hands if you are switching between raw and cooked meats, returning from a smoking or toilet break and if you sneeze or cough. Also avoid preparing foods for others if you are recovering from an upset stomach.

Keep kitchen work surfaces clean and wiped down using an disinfection kitchen spray or wipes. Wash up after cooking using hot soapy water and either air dry using a drainer or dry using a clean kitchen towel.  If you are using a kitchen towel then replace it regularly and only use it for drying dishes.  If you need something to dry your hands on then use a small hand towel.