Living in a student house with my college friends was a lot of fun!
The one thing I can’t figure out is how we all managed to avoid a serious food-borne illness. It’s an understatement to say our kitchen was a mess.
Here are a few DO’s and DON’T’s on how to keep your student house kitchen clean, stay on good terms with your housemates and steer clear of food that’s been sitting around too long.
Clean Up for that “Loving Feeling”
DO: Wipe down or air out the microwave after cooking food in it (especially fish).
DON”T: Leave lingering bits of food or strong aromas for the next person.
DO: Clean your dishes after a meal.
DON’T: Vow to clean them up later.
DO: Take the initiative to clean the kitchen floors, counters and cupboard handles at least once a month.
DON’T: Expect your housemates to do the same.
Prevent a Kitchen Biohazard
DO: Unclog a clogged kitchen sink.
DON’T: Make it a challenge to see how long you can use it without the water spilling over.
DO: Call the landlord (or repair person) immediately if the fridge breaks down.
DON’T: Solve the problem by putting an “Out of Order” sign on the fridge door.
DO: Throw out food that begins to spoil.
DON’T: Keep spoiled fooled as a science experiment.
Think Food Safety
DO: Read the best before date on food items.
DON’T: Question the validity of the best before date because you’re hungry.
DO: Eat leftovers.
DON’T: Eat leftovers if they were left out of the fridge overnight.
DO: Freeze food.
DON’T: Think it won’t spoil in your freezer. This infographic tells you how long food will keep in your pantry, refrigerator and freezer.
How do you keep your student house kitchen from becoming a biohazard? Please share in the comments! Cheers!
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Brent Garell – Brent is the guy behind College Recipe Cafe, and author of The Cook-a-Palooza Experience. He visits local colleges to teach students cooking 101 skills, and is the author of the digital cookbook 15-Minute Money Saving Meals for Students: Cup of Recipes for When You Need Food NOW! Available now on Amazon.
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