UNHEALTHY KITCHEN AND FOOD HABITS TO BREAK
Lots of home cooks have habits that they didn’t think we’re doing any damage but
have actually been ruining the quality and taste of their food. Maybe you defrost
your meat on the kitchen counter or maybe you always stick your roast in a cold
oven. But those tendencies could be wrecking your meals, or worse, they can
even be dangerous. Here are the worst cooking and kitchen habits that you need
to stop right now. It's tempting to cut corners when you’re cooking, but — when
it comes to kitchen safety and sanitation — lax habits impact your (and your
family’s) health. If you’re guilty of any of the following bad habits, it may be time
to break them in favor of better kitchen safety rules — your stomach will thank
BOIL YOUR EGG PROPERLY
To cook and peel a hard-boiled egg the right way, you start with those old eggs
and put them in a pot of cold water. Bring the water up to a boil, then put the lid
on your pot, turn off the heat and let your eggs sit for about 12 minutes.
CLEAN SINK, CLEAN LIFE
Washing the place where you wash your dishes may seem like a basic kitchen
habit but it’s a common one to overlook. However because the sink collects food
particles and other grimy bits from your dishes, it can also be commonplace to
spread disease and contamination.
YOU DON’T DRY YOUR PROTEINS BEFORE COOKING THEM
Whenever you go to cook a piece of protein make sure it's dry. This will make sure
it gets a nice dark sear and can actually prevent the oil from popping up at you
(because hot oil and water do not mix).
LEAVING THE LEFTOVERS OUT
Saving your leftovers for later is a great habit that can save your time, money, and
waste in the kitchen but being lazy about putting leftovers away in a timely
manner can turn a good practice into a dangerous one in a flash. Put leftovers in
the fridge as soon as they are cool.
YOU DON’T REALISE YOUR OVEN RUNS TOO HOT
Most people know that baking something at the wrong temperature can mess up
a recipe, but did you know that some ovens — especially older models — don't
actually bake at the proper temperature.