We know you're probably spending more time in the kitchen these days, baking up those delicious holiday cookies! But what's the one thing that can ruin your holiday cheer faster than you can say "Lime-Glazed Shortbread Cookies?" Getting food poisoning. This holiday season, be sure to follow our top baking safety tips to keep you and your loved one's tummies truly happy and healthy!
Top 5 Baking Safety Tips
1. Don't eat raw cookie dough. We know it's delicious and oh-so tempting, but don't eat any kind of raw cookie dough, even if it doesn't have eggs in it or it is prepackaged. After the 2009 e. coli outbreak of Toll House cookie dough, eating raw cookie dough is just not worth the risk!
2. Wash your hands after handling eggs. When handling meat products of any kind, it's important to prevent cross-contamination. One easy way to do this is to wash your hands with warm water and soap. Be sure to scrub them good and for at least 20 seconds!
3. Keep countertops clean. Many holiday cookie dough recipes require you roll out your dough on the counter. Before and after doing so, the Home Baking Association recommends using a sanitizing spray or rinse for cleaning counters. Mix one teaspoon bleach to 1 quart water to keep your baking workspace safe and clean.
4. Don't let perishable ingredients sit on the counter for too long. Anything that comes from the fridge needs to stay in the fridge for as long as possible. So resist the urge to keep eggs, milk and other perishable items on the counter when baking. Keep them cool in the fridge instead!
5. Wash your utensils and baking sheets well. Again, this is all about preventing cross-contamination. So wash your utensils, baking sheets, and bowls well after every single use!
Have you been known to eat raw cookie dough? Will you not this year after reading our baking safety tips?
Jennipher Walters is the CEO and co-founder of the healthy living websites FitBottomedGirls.com and FitBottomedMamas.com. A certified personal trainer, lifestyle and weight management coach and group exercise instructor, she also holds an MA in health journalism and regularly writes about all things fitness and wellness for various online publications.