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On Safe Cooking

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by Mrs. Icebear, Survival Blog:

Disclaimer: Please use common sense in applying anything you read here!

In the (European) country where I live in we have a lot of cooking shows on television, and I never cease to be both shocked and amazed at seeing (some – thank God not all) professional chefs taste their exquisite creation with a spoon  and then put that spoon straight back into the pot. So, if anyone feels offended by my stating the obvious below, please don´t take it personally. For preppers/ survivalists/ people who want to be self sufficient there are of course a host of reasons to take more care of health and hygiene than a well-paid television chef, since hospitalizing all your family for food poisoning is hardly an option, especially in case the Schumer has already has ”Hit The Fan.” This article also was inspired by a debate in a prepper /survivalist forum on the dangers of reheating food.

First of all: obsessing with hygiene can be taken too far – as exemplified by the fact that “normal” exposure to dirt and germs stimulates the immune system, and that incessant hand washing can be a sign of severe psychological trauma. So that being said, we are talking “hygiene to keep you and your family healthy, not paranoid about cleanliness” here.
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1 comment to On Safe Cooking

  • Ed_B

    “At our home we use stainless steel pots but we use just wooden spoons in them, to avoid scratching metal particles into our food.”

    Scratching a metal particle into your food via a stainless steel spoon is virtually impossible and of zero harm to anyone if they do. Wooden spoons, on the other hand, are notorious for bacteria lodging in the pores of the wood (the same for wooden cutting boards)… and dishwashers reduce but do not eliminate such bacteria. If you must use a wooden spoon, dip it in diluted hydrogen peroxide for 1 minute first and then rinse it under a stream of tap water for 10 seconds. This will kill and remove about 99.99% of the bacteria present on the spoon.

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