We’ve already said on the blog that what happens at home with your guests can become your responsibility, which is why you should pay special attention to food safety. Legal issues aside, we are sure you want your supper to be safe for everyone to enjoy without emergencies.
That’s why we’ve created a handy food safety guide, filled with tips to help you avoid any unnecessary drama on Christmas Eve or any other festive time of year.
Planning and taking care of the food that will be served at Christmas dinner should start when you go shopping.
Once everything is purchased in accordance with the rules, the rest is up to you! Handle your food very carefully:
Remember that each food has a proper way to be stored and different shelf life times.
If you’re thinking about cooking, whether it’s for an event at home or to be brought somewhere else, remember that many house fires start in the kitchen. Did you know that kitchen fires are the number one cause of fires and injuries in homes?
We did an entire article on how to prevent fires on Thanksgiving, but the measures are perfectly valid for any other time of year.
Cooking time is crucial, especially at the end of the year when we have the tradition of roasting. Whole pieces are more difficult to control cooking and to get the oven timing just right. Undercooked food is a haven for harmful germs and bacteria, so it’s vital to know what you’re doing:
Your refrigerator will be your ally from the beginning of your preparations, when storing all the fresh ingredients at the right temperatures, all the way to when you finally put away the leftovers. Understand how to properly store food away so that nothing goes to waste.
In these seasons of endless celebration, we eat dishes without even knowing the ingredients. Your cousin tests a new recipe, your co-worker takes his specialty to the end-of-the-year get-together, and a “secret ingredient” always appears. A person with food allergies, to ensure their safety, should always report their allergies to the host.
However, some allergies develop later and often first manifest themselves in times of overeating. In other words, the host can do their part to be on the safe side and not depend entirely on their guests.
Important to note are the most common food allergens:
If your recipe contains any of these ingredients, let your guests know. And if possible, avoid using them.
Another key point is to recognize the symptoms of anaphylaxis (allergic reaction). They can manifest within 2 hours of contact with food.
Signs and symptoms of food allergies:
If a reaction is suspected, take your guest to the nearest hospital. Most deaths are associated with delayed diagnosis and action.
Our pets are part of our families and we cannot forget to ensure their safety. That’s why we’re bringing food safety tips for your best furry friends:
I know it’s hard to resist those pesky little eyes, but as always, it’s for their good. These tips apply to dogs and cats.
The Red Cross First Aid app provides expert advice for common accidents or emergencies, including cuts, burns, and what to do if someone is choking.They also have a pet first aid app.
We at BRZ hope you have a safe Christmas and New Year without incident!
And never forget:
DO NOT DRINK AND DRIVE!
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