Spring Clean Your Kitchen
This is a good time of year to use or throw out items that are losing their quality or have spoiled, as well as to check for unnoticed spills and remove lingering odors. Cleaning out your freezer requires extra care and can create new messes, so follow this simple steps to help you spring clean your kitchen, prevent cross contamination, and reduce the risk of foodborne illness.
- If spoiled food has left an odor in your refrigerator or freezer, wash and sanitize shelves, crispers, and ice trays, as well as the door as gasket. Leave the door open for about 15 minutes to all free air to circulate.
- Sanitize surfaces and utensils with a solution of 1 tablespoon of unscented liquid chlorine bleach per gallon of water.
- Replace cutting boards that are excessively worn or have developed hard to clean grooves where bacteria can live.
- To ensure accuracy of the food thermometer, follow the package instructions or calibrate kitchen thermometers.
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