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How To Make Mealtimes Safer For Kids?
Many of us have fond memories of mealtimes as a kid. Whether it was mum's homemade spaghetti or just spending time with family, there are many reasons why we remember our childhood mealtimes fondly.
As a parent, it is important to make mealtimes as safe as possible for your child. Evidently, you can start by looking at some of the kids-friendly kitchen products from our catalogue. In addition to that, you can also read through our additional tips and hints below.
How To Keep Meals Free From Bacteria?
As young children are more susceptible to bacteria, it is important to implement extra hygiene methods when preparing food. Here are some of the basic tips to think about.
Hand washing: Washing your hands before you handle any food is an absolute must. However, it becomes especially important when handling ingredients such as fish, raw vegetables, raw meat and chicken.
In addition to washing your own hands before meals, you should make sure your child's hands are washed as well. Also, make sure your child does not touch any pets once his or her hands are washed.
Clean counters: Clean your kitchen counters with an antibacterial spray before you start preparing food. Also, make sure to keep any pets away from the kitchen counters, as they can easily spread bacteria on food preparation surfaces.
Be mindful of cross-contamination: Pay close attention to how you store foods in the refrigerator. To avoid cross-contamination, you should keep eggs and raw meat covered and away from other ingredients in your fridge.
Take special care with shellfish: While seafood can be good for children, you must make sure it is prepared properly. Shellfish is a prime example, as they should never be served raw or undercooked.
Do not serve uncooked eggs: Uncooked eggs can be a breeding ground for bacteria - this includes uncooked eggs in cake mixtures and homemade ice cream. Before you serve anything containing egg to a young child, make sure it is always cooked properly.
Can I Store And Reheat Foods For My Child?
It is possible to store and reheat food, but the hygiene guidelines are really strict. Remember, if food is cooled down and reheated in the wrong manner, it will be exposed to bacteria. So, here are the main things to remember if you do store and reheat food.
Quick cooling: When you intend on storing and reheating food, it is important to cool it down as soon as you can. Food should not be kept longer in the fridge for longer than 24 hours.
Many ingredients, such as rice, can only be reheated one time. As a general rule, you should never reheat food more than once and should serve leftovers within 24 hours.
To ensure you cool down food properly. Place any leftovers directly in an airtight container. Keep the container under a cold tap. Then, open the container and stir. Repeat the process until the food is ready to go into the fridge.
Defrosting methods: When placing food in the freezer, you must make sure you properly defrost it before you reheat it. However, do not leave food out to defrost. You should always place it in the fridge the night before. You should also cover the frozen food in question with a plastic film to protect it against cross-contamination.
Check the temperature: If you reheat food, always make sure it is cooked properly. It should be piping hot when you take it out of the microwave. Evidently, you should leave it to cool down before serving, so your child does not get burned.
Find Kid-Friendly Kitchen And Dinnerware At Spotlight
Spotlight provides a range of safe kitchen and dinnerware for children. If you want to contribute to safer mealtimes for your little one, be sure to check out our catalogue and what we have to offer.
At Spotlight, we pride ourselves on a large collection of child-friendly items. Evidently, this is not limited to cups, plates, and cutlery. We also provide a range of crafting supplies, toys, bedding, bedroom furniture and a whole lot more. So, if you need more supplies for your little one, be sure to benefit from the great deals that Spotlight has to offer.