By Jay Edwards
We know the flu is really bad right now, but maybe that’s not what got you sick! You could have made one of these four mistakes in the kitchen!
Here are four common kitchen mistakes that can make you sick . . .
1. Cutting Boards- You should have at least two, says the USDA. One specifically used for raw meat and one for everything else. The one for meat should be plastic, not wood. The quickest way to sanitize a cutting board is by using a spray bottle with bleach and water. The right mix is one tablespoon of unscented bleach for every gallon of water.
2. Washing raw meat- Do you do this? I don’t, but Dana and Adam do and now I think I’m going to start. Apparently a lot of people do it, even though experts say it actually increases your chances of getting sick. How? Well, when water from your faucet hits the meat, it splatters the juice all over your kitchen. So, you end up with things like e. coli and salmonella everywhere. Use that same bleach and water mixture to clean those areas, just make sure it can be used on your fancy countertops.
3. Using the same sponge for way too long can make you sick. According to Business Insider, you should replace it every two weeks. Tossing it in the dishwasher or microwaving kills some of the bacteria, but not all of it.
4. Don’t let your leftovers sit out too long. As a general rule, don’t let anything sit out for more than two hours. After that, there could be enough bacteria to make you sick.