The kitchen is often the heart of the home, especially in the case of chefs. That is why it’s so important (and so difficult) to keep this room clean. The same is also true in restaurants – a kitchen’s cleanliness can make or break your dining establishment. So how can we ensure that our kitchen is clean enough? Here are some quick and easy tips to keeping your kitchen as clean as possible.
- Wipe down all appliances, inside and out. Don’t forget to get under them too!
- Wipe down the walls, baseboards, floors and cabinets.
- Scrub out your sink and wipe down the faucet.
- Sanitize your trash can – wash and disinfect it to remove foul smells and stop bacterial growth. If you don’t have a lid, get one.
- Wash all surfaces people touch. Doorknobs, handles, buttons/controls, light switches
- Wash hands before and after handling food
- Use multiple cutting boards – prepare meat on one, produce on the other to avoid bacterial spread.
- Use plastic cutting boards instead of wood – wood shouldn’t be used in the dishwasher because it warps when wet – so it doesn’t get sanitized and can breed germs.
- Wash your rinds – raw produce causes more cases of food-sickness than uncooked poultry, because people don’t clean it well enough. Scrub and rinse all foods with inedible rinds to remove bacteria that can transfer to the flesh when you cut into it.
- Clean your sponges – kitchen sponges are a breeding ground for dangerous bacteria. Nuke them on medium for a minute or run them through the dishwasher, including a dry cycle to get them sanitized. The same can be said for your wash towels – be sure to wash these often as well.
- Keep your chef coat clean and stain free! This adds to the clean look of the kitchen overall… plus, don’t you just love a clean chef uniform?
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