Hello all, I hope everyone is safe and secured at home. A new season has added to our calendar which came as an unknown guest. Don’t get confused, I am talking about dreadful Corona. Corona changed our lifestyles. We started spending with loved ones at home but with a bit of worry about the corona. We are habituated with hand washes, sanitizers, mouth masks, and many new things. We started living safely. But what about food?? Are we taking safe food in this corona season or just talking about it? Are we sure that self-made food is safe??
As of now, there is no evidence that food is a carrier of the corona. Up to some extent we are safe. But we don’t know what will happen next. So, it’s the right time to think about the safety of self-made food. Food by its self may not be a carrier or contaminant. But in which the food is wrapped might be a contaminant. Yeah, What you are thinking is correct. Cardboards or outer protective materials may contaminate food when mishandled. The way of handling may be a culprit sometimes. Many paused their daily fruit snacks in the fear of the virus, as those were handled in an unorganized way.
Don’t fear and don’t stop taking fully packed nutrient foods. If we follow some safety tips while buying food, processing and consuming, we can preserve our health like a treasure. Come, Let's take a food safety tour with some crunchy tips.
Buying food at an outside open market: Everyone has to buy food and have to process it. There is no other option. As a safety measure, we are wearing masks and bathing in sanitizers and entering into the market. But foods like fruits and vegetables are kept outside in the markets, even greens also. Don’t Panic. Try to take fruits with thicker rinds like oranges, pomegranates, etc., fruits which have cracked surfaces may be a cause of contamination. Don’t ask your vendor to cut open fruits. It’s better to buy whole fruit like watermelon and papaya along with outer skin. Before consumption, try to peel it and have it. Vegetables should be soaked in saltwater for 15 to 20 minutes before cutting, so that adhered contaminants may go off.
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Super Markets: We will often visit supermarkets for buying groceries. Cereals and Pulses are safe, but the crates in which they are carried are not safe. We will be hurrying procuring groceries and we will touch everything in the supermarket with bare hands. Even after applying sanitizer also, it’s better to use disposable tissues to handle plastic crates in the supermarket. Keep changing tissues to avoid cross-contamination. Arrange packaged foods in the home in containers and dispose of the outer packaging materials like cardboard cartons etc., as soon as you can.
Safe processing: Processing is one of the important steps to avoid contamination. Chopping boards should be clean and it should be different for vegetarian and nonvegetarian foods. Don’t consume raw meats or raw vegetables in this season. Cook food till their processing temperatures otherwise half-cooked may also act as a contaminant. Wash fruits and vegetables under running water and soak them in saltwater before processing. Milk packets and curd packets should be washed under running water to remove outer dirt. Try to include more turmeric and basil in food as they boost immunity power and also antimicrobial in nature. Cut raw food instantly before processing. Don’t expose raw cut surfaces of food to the outside environment.
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These are some tips which might be useful in this season. I hope this helped better. Don’t Panic. Live Life. Live Long. Be safe. Eat safe. Eat Right.
Have a Happy and Nutritious Day!!!!