How To Avoid Food Poisoning

I recently came down with a mild case of food poisoning. While any type of food poisoning is bad, based on some of the experiences I have seen family and friends go through I am lucky. I thought I would tell you about ways to avoid food poisoning and while this might seem a little unusual for a guy who just contracted food poisoning to tell you how not to get it I do have some good suggestions.

Many of these suggestions come from a Chef friend of mine, things that he has seen over the years in the restaurant business. Let's face it we normally don't get sick off of food we prepare for our families, if something seems a little off we toss it in the garbage before we'll attempt to cook for our loved ones.

Rule number one if you're unsure about how clean the kitchen might be check the bathroom. It's simply really bathrooms are easy to clean kitchens aren't. This one is so practical and coming from a Chef who knows how difficult a kitchen is to keep clean it makes all of the sense in the world. He will never eat in a restaurant that has a dirty bathroom.

Second tip is how busy are they? Busy restaurants turn over food quickly and order new shipments of food in on a regular basis. Busy restaurants are also making money and are less likely to cut corners. These corners can often times be letting food sit in the fridge longer than it should be.

Three, never order fish on Sunday or Monday. Most restaurants order food from their suppliers on Tuesday and Friday. This coincides with the busy times of the week, the truth is fish that is being served on Monday was most likely brought into the restaurant on Friday, which means it has been sitting in the fridge for 3-4 days at least. This doesn't mean every restaurant is like this, a sushi restaurant I would like to think it getting fresh fish every other day
Never order mussels in a restaurant. There are a couple of reasons for this, first being mussels are so easy to cook at home and by cooking them at home you can make sure that they are being properly handled. As most of us know you want to make sure all mussels are closed before you cook them and open after you have cooked them. This is imperative as this is the only way to tell if the mussels are dead. Dead mussels consumed by humans can make you very sick.

Here is why my Chef friend avoids this process at a restaurant. Given how easy the mussels are to cook this job is usually given the rookie working the line, rookies are often so frazzled by the insanity of being in a kitchen that mistakes often get made. Garlic, Olive oil and a little red wine is all you need to make an amazing batch of mussels, make sure none of the little guys are dead and it's that simple to make them at home.

There are other ways to tell if a kitchen is producing less than perfect food, these happen to be some great examples of things that only a Chef would know. Good luck and hopefully you aren't the victim of food poisoning!

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About The Author, Shawn Wilson
This article was written by Shawn Wilson, a member of the customer support team at Datepad, where internet dating is always free. Datepad has a massive directory of informative dating articles along with a great list of dating site reviews on their dating blog.