Multitasking is an art that exists by default in a woman’s gene given the umpteen number of chores she is expected to do simultaneously. This is evident even more during morning hours when she juggles cooking, getting the kids ready to school, packing lunch for herself, kids and husband, getting ready to office, and in between all this she struggles to make the meals as nutritious as possible which is quite exacting given the circumstances. Multitasking is the only way to fulfill all demands otherwise one cannot dream of stepping out of the house unless the lady of the house hires someone for every chore (this isn’t possible for most of us). Despite the need to multitask one must certainly understand that there can be some serious safety risks associated with it unless you are 100% attentive and perfect. Anytime you are forced to multitask remember these key pointers below for your own safety:
Equip your kitchen with the basic tools for a safe cooking: In a hurry burry there are abundant chances that you might miss to cook the food to the desired temperature and hence, keeping a food thermometer handy is absolutely necessary to ensure that foods are cooked properly to the desired internal temperature. For the exact internal temperatures suggested for chicken, beef and many others more please visit the website www.firsteatright.com.
Reheat leftover food: If there are any leftovers don’t serve them without reheating to 165°F either in a microwave or a conventional oven.
Avoid contamination: Cross-contamination is the biggest risk that’s absolutely unavoidable while multitasking unless you ensure to wash your hands in between tasks. Trying to talk over the phone, cutting veggies or cleaning the kitchen are sure-shot contamination possibilities.
Stay handy with hand sanitizers: Many of us love to eat our food on the go while driving or traveling as this saves ample time from our perspective. Limit the consumption of handheld foods such as candies and chips and instead, choose something such as a banana, pear, whole grain sandwiches, crackers, nuts or fresh juice. If you have planned to eat your meals during travel it is recommended to keep stock of hand sanitizers and moist towelettes to use them as and when required.
Pack your food properly: The time between lunch preparation and consumption is more than five hours for most of us at workplace owing to long travel hours, office work and meal timings. This provides ample time for the bacteria to grow. Avoid this by ensuring to refrigerate your food as soon as you reach office or pack your lunch with a frozen ice pack or in an insulated bag to avoid it from perishing.
Don’t prolong your eat timings: Its common to sit before the television and relish our meals. More common is the time we spend in this process which even goes beyond an hour or so at times. No leftover food should remain at room temperature for more than two hours and in case it’s summer for not more than an hour. If you feel that you might become immersed in what’s happening on the television ignorant of the time it is advisable to set a timer before you sit down for the meal
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Dietitian & Nutritionist Dr. Nafeesa Imteyaz.