Kitchen Dos And Don'ts

Remember the basics of food preparation safety with this handy list of dos and don’ts for your home kitchen.

Remember the basics of food preparation safety with this handy list of dos and don’ts for your home kitchen—or any time you’re preparing food for someone with a food allergy.

Kitchen Dos

 

Kitchen Don’ts

 

Do assign an area to store special products and equipment.

 

Don’t place allergen-free food directly on shared equipment, such as an outdoor grill.

 

Do use only well-cleaned cutting boards, pots, pans and utensils. Consider buying separate pans and utensils to prepare meals for people with food allergies. Colored handles can help family members identify them.

 

Don’t use utensils that have just been used to prepare allergen-containing foods, or that haven’t been properly cleaned.

 

Do wash your hands before preparing food for a person with food allergies.

 

Don’t use processed foods or foods that have been marinated unless you can verify the ingredients.

 

Do use fresh ingredients and cooking oils.

 

Don’t use foods that contain ingredients you don’t know or can’t confirm.

 

Do designate special plates, either by shape or color, to help identify allergen-free meals.

 

Don’t place safe meals right next to meals that may contain allergens.