How risky is poor food handling?
January 19, 2013 5:33 PM Subscribe
What are the odds of actually getting sick from poor food handling at home? How can I convince family members their food hygiene is at worst deadly, at best simply gross. Let me know if I'm overreacting here please.
posted by Che boludo! to food & drink (33 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
I just saw my mom put raw hamburger, hamburger buns, and cheese on the same plate to take outside and throw on the grill. When she or my father are done cooking they will put the cooked burgers back onto the plate, bring it inside, and eat.
They also tend to cook pork roasts on the grill and put it back on the same plate they brought it to the grill in. I mean right back into the puddle of uncooked juice.
My mom will thaw chicken on the counter (in its packaging)(at least she always roasts chicken in the oven destroying the potentially nasty stuff that comes in chicken). My brother and I caught her cutting ham on the counter where she was later making turkey sandwiches, right on the counter, no plate no paper towel, nothing.
Wet towels and sponges are left soaking in the sink. Cooked foods are left for hours out of the refrigerator in the pots they were cooked in.
I tell them their food handling practices are not good. "We've been doing this 50 years and never got sick" they reply. They frequently entertain and cook for my 83 year old grandmother and very young children.
I have taken on the cooking cooking duties when I am around as much as possible (of which they are always grateful for the help) or avoiding eating their food by making my own meals.
I'm definitely of the Alton Brown school of food safety. I know he's a little anal and neurotic about this subject. So are people gonna die salmonella over here or what?