If you’re throwing a party and serving alcohol, it’s always a good idea to serve food as well. Ideally you don’t want to serve salty snacks as these will only encourage your guests to drink more.
Food helps to slow the absorption rate of alcohol into the blood stream. Choose high protein foods or those that are high in starches such as cheese, meat, raw veggies and dip, and even seafood.
When holiday time rolls around, there are more cooks in the kitchen than usual, and while it’s great to spend time with family and friends, this also creates more opportunity for foodborne illnesses to be spread, either through cross-contamination or uncooked food, or someone ‘forgetting’ to wash their hands after using the washroom.
One way to help decrease the chances of contracting a holiday bug is to keep hand sanitizer on every counter, and encourage its use. Assign certain jobs to certain people to help keep the salad cook from ‘helping’ the turkey stuffer.
There are often reports in the news about guests becoming ill after attending large functions such as weddings. The very nature of these functions is a breeding ground for the growth of bacteria because often foods are left at room temperature for longer than they safely should be.
Food safety at weddings and other large functions is left up to the caterer to follow proper methods to ensure that food does not spoil prior to eating. Because many large functions occur outdoors and in the warm weather, the chances of food spoiling quickly increases.
For those working in the food service industry, food safety practices are part of every shift. In order to ensure that proper food safety procedures are followed, it can be helpful to remember tips and/or even post them at work stations to help remind employees during hectic times in the kitchen or workplace.
1. Use different cutting boards for different foods, such as raw chicken, fish, fruit and vegetables, cheese etc.
2. Wash hands before and after handling food, or wear gloves and change them between changing food types. Continue reading