Staying Healthy and Safe
You may be perfectly healthy, but the germs and bacteria
that don't affect you may affect those who eat the food. Cleanliness,
therefore, is a serious health consideration as well as a reflection of
respect for those eating and for your co-cookers.
Note: Starting off with good habits is always better
than trying to integrate new things into your routine later on. Make sure
everyone knows from the beginning that cleanliness is important.
* Wash hands with soap before cooking, to elbows, and dry with a clean
* Wear clean clothes or take appropriate precautions, such as wearing
* Roll up sleeves or any clothing that may drag through prepared food,
and tie back hair.
* Don't cook while sick or bleeding - bandage wounds first.
* Clean cutting boards/surfaces with a clean sponge or cloth before beginning.
* Fill clean buckets with water for rinsing vegetables.
* Make sure you wash buckets before you put any food in them.
* Change vegetable rinse water when it gets dirty.
* Food that falls on the floor during prep must be washed again before
being added to serving containers.
* Replace or rewash cooking spoons/flatware that fall on the floor.
* Taste soup, etc. with a clean spoon - not with a cooking/serving spoon
or unwashed finger.
* Don't cough or sneeze above food being prepared - look away and cover
* Rewash hands after coughing/sneezing, nose-blowing, using the toilet,
smoking, picking your nose, snorting, etc.
* Do not eat over food to be served.
* Do not climb over prepared food; watch dragging hair or clothes; pay
attention to not placing containers in pathways where people walk.
* Use separate sponges and towels for clean tasks (washing dishes, cutting
areas) and dirty tasks (wiping the floor)
* When finished, close open containers, and refrigerate perishables. Collect
all compost, cover it, and take it outside.