Christmas is fast approaching and the days to shop for gifts are dwindling. Do you have a foodie or a person interested in food safety on your list? If you do, check out these gift ideas that are sure to make any person conscious of cross-contamination happy!
The USDA recommends, “using one cutting board for fresh produce and bread and a separate one for raw meat, poultry, and seafood.”
These cutting boards, found at Uncommon Goods.com, make that easy and the description on the web site is perfect. “If visions of salmonella dance through your head, then this is the tool for you. Brilliantly simple, this set of four cutting boards uses labels and staggered index tabs, just like a filing system, to prevent cross-contamination of food and make for speedier food preparation.”
This set of 12 heat-resistant glass bowls with BPA-free plastic lids can be found at Crate and Barrel stores and online. They make storing and reheating foods easy. With all the worry surrounding plastic give these to eliminate the need to transfer leftovers to a microwave safe dish. Because they are clear they help you see the food and look great stacked in the fridge.
The next two gifts are must haves in any kitchen since the CDC and the Center for Science in the Public Interest report meat and leafy greens are commonly linked to foodborne illnesses. By cooking meats to a safe temperature and washing all of your greens you can help eliminate risks involved. Both of the above can be found at a number of stores but I found these examples online at Target.com.
Last, but not least are dish sponges. These would make great stocking stuffers because no one ever has enough since it is recommended to change or disinfect them frequently. Some neat ones can be found online at BuyGreen.com from a company called Twist. My favorites were the Dish Dumpling and Sponge Blossom.
Or look in your local store for Scotch-Brite™ Greener Clean natural fiber scrub sponges that can be sanitized and re-used by running through the dishwasher. Or better yet, buy a set of dish towels that can be sanitized in the washing machine, which some consider the safest method.
Do you have any other food safety gift ideas that I didn’t mention? Share them with us in the comments section!