Wellness is a lifestyle that begins in the kitchen. Eating food that is hygienically stored and prepared prevents infections from germs and ensures that you get the maximum nutrition from your food.
Here are some wellness hacks for your kitchen that will help you and your family stay healthy.
- Use Styrofoam packaging or sealed containers to store meat and fish in the fridge. This way the other foods stored in the fridge doesn’t get contaminated from the drippings.
- Store meat and fish in the coolest part of the fridge, the freezer.
- Never store raw meat and cooked meat together.
- Keep your eggs fresh by storing them into cartons rather than plastic trays.
- Sort fruits and veggies into different containers. Fruits release ethylene gas which reduces the shelf life of veggies.
- Don’t store potatoes and onions in the fridge. They survive better at room temperature.
- The best places to store dairy products are the uppers shelves and the back of your fridge. The temperature there is cooler and more consistent.
- Use sealed containers to store leftover food. Don’t store them near raw food or dairy products, this will prevent cross contamination.
- Clean your fridge at least once a week. Foods stored in clean fridge stay fresh for longer.
- The ideal temperature for your fridge is less than 4-degree centigrade. Freezers, on the other hand, should have a temperature less than zero degrees.
- Don’t put warm food in the fridge. When warm food is refrigerated, it doesn’t cool evenly, this may lead to food poisoning.
- Always keep your food covered to protect it from bacteria.
- Clean surfaces like kitchen counter and stove top with hot water and soap before and after preparing food on them.
- Don’t fill up your entire fridge with food; there should be room for air circulation.
- Always use freshly chopped onions, however, if you must store them, in a fridge, use an airtight container.
- To clean a kitchen sponge, microwave it for 3 minutes. This will make the sponge completely germ free.
- Replace your kitchen sponges and towels as often as you can.
- Use chopping boards made of plastic rather than wood.
- Don’t use the same chopping board for meat and veggies.
- Sinks, dustbins, door handles are places which microbes love. Clean them often with a disinfectant and antibacterial spray.
- Paper towels are more hygienic than cloth wipes.
- Always wash your hands after touching raw meat and fish to prevent cross contamination.
- Use separate knives for cutting veg and non-veg food.
- Wash all fruits and vegetables before consuming them. You can soak, scrape, brush or scald them to get rid of all dirt and germs.
- To get rid of that stink in your fridge, scrub it with some baking soda and a damp sponge.
- Store cereals in a container instead of a carton to make them last longer.
- To help mushrooms stay dry and fresh, store them in paper bags instead of containers.
- Rinse berries with a one part vinegar and ten parts water to make them last longer.
- Leafy vegetables should be washed first and then stored in a refrigerator. In the case of other veggies, they should be stored first and washed at the time of use.
- Sort packaged food label wise. The one should that is the closest to expiry date should be placed first.
- Don’t use worn out chopping boards, they are a breeding ground for bacteria.
- To get rid of cockroaches from your kitchen cabinets, place a small bowl containing a mixture of powdered sugar and boric acid.
- Avoid buying pre-cut veggies as they are inferior to their whole counterparts.
- Store fruits juices in glass containers rather than plastic ones. This will help the juice to taste better and fresher.
- Do not cook on non-stick cookware on high heat, they release toxic fumes.
- Use iron cast cookware instead of non-stick ones, as iron-cast cookware is safer.
- Do not re-use cooking oil, it’s not safe. Re-using cooking oil creates free radicals which have the potential to create many health problems.
- According to the principles of Ayurveda, we should store or drink water from vessels made from copper, because copper helps in the purification of water.
- Do not eat cooked food that has been in the fridge for more than three to four days. The growth of bacteria doesn’t get ruled out even at refrigerator temperatures.
- Avoid storing spices in places that are exposed to heat and sunlight. This will help to keep their benefits and flavours intact.
Going to the gym is important, but it is not the only factor in keeping you healthy. These kitchen tips are equally essential for a healthy body.
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