Top 5 Tips to Eliminate Kitchen Cross-Contamination

The kitchen is one of the most sacred places in your home. You cook there, you clean there, you socialize there, and you eat there. It’s a special place.

All the more reason to keep it clean and free of icky contamination.

We’ve all seen those commercials with the chicken juice left behind on the counter. Like, ewwww…

raw chicken

Photo Credit: MissMessie on Flickr

In order to prevent sickness and keep your kitchen a safe and clean place, here are Molly Maid’s top five tips to eliminate kitchen cross-contamination:

  • Separate meats from foods that are eaten raw, like fruits and vegetables, in your refrigerator. Also, keep your meats below raw foods in your fridge. In other words, don’t put your meats on the top-shelf and your carrots right underneath. Meats should always be at the bottom so no drippings leak onto raw foods.
  • When cooking, be sure to keep meats and produce apart. Use separate cutting boards and knives when slicing and dicing meats and raw foods. Check out these cool cutting mat/boards that can be purchased from your local retailer:

    Photo: Sir Mildred Pierce via Flickr

    Photo: Sir Mildred Pierce via Flickr

  • Wash AND sanitize all cutting boards, knives and countertops after preparing raw meat. A suggested sanitizing solution is one tablespoon bleach and one gallon water.
  • Frequently wash hands with an antibacterial soap when handling raw meat.
  • Wash dishcloths and sponges in hot and soapy water after having raw meat in the kitchen.
  • BONUS: After perfectly roasting that chicken you’ve been working on all afternoon. Make sure to put the cooked chicken on a CLEAN plate and not the one that you used previously for the raw chicken.

What do you think of our cross-contamination elimination tips? Do you have any tips to share? Leave us your thoughts in the comments section below.

by Molly Maid