7 Food Safety Tips We Can Teach Our Kids At Home

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The strong foundations of developing healthy choices begin at home. This is why it is important for parents to set a good standard in healthy eating, food preparation and storage that the little ones can pick-up on.

One of the most basic things that kids can learn from their parents are their habits when shopping for day-to-day necessities, and their practice when cooking and storing food in the house.

Selecta Milk kids enjoy nutritious milkBy observing proper purchasing, handling, cooking and storing, parents ensure that the family consumes safe and healthy food, and at the same time, they also teach their kids how to practice food safety that they’ll carry and pass on in the future.

So here are 7 food safety tips for every household:

1. Buy food from trusted establishments

Buying food from established and reliable retail establishments guarantees that products and other items sold there have gone through stringent quality control. This ensures sanitation and safety for the whole family.

2. Meat comes after non-perishables

When doing grocery shopping, purchase refrigerated or frozen meat and poultry after selecting your non-perishables. It’s also important to make sure that chilled and frozen goods are stored below the load line of the freezing unit, and not at room temperature.

3. Do not buy items past “sell by” “use by” and expiry date

Safety and quality may be compromised if food has expired, so be sure to always check the expiry date shown on packaging before putting something in the shopping cart. It is also important to know what these marks mean.

Sell-by date is a guide for stores to know how long they can display a particular product, and one should buy the product before the sell-by date. But you can still store it at home for some time beyond that date, as long as you follow safe storage procedures

Whereas, the “use-by” and “best before” dates tell how long the product is likely to remain at its absolute best quality when unopened. But as long as you’ve been storing the unopened item properly, you can generally consume it beyond this date, just make sure to check for off-odor, flavor and appearance.

4. Practice proper hand-washing

Several studies have shown that the kitchen in every home contains the most bacteria, which is alarming considering that this is where all the food is prepared and stored. With hands being one of the main ways to spread germs, it’s important to always wash hands thoroughly before cooking and after touching raw food.

5. Cook food thoroughly at the right temperature

Cooking food thoroughly will ensure that any harmful bacteria present in it will be killed. Some of the most common food that should be cooked well are pork, sausages and poultry. As for poultry, it doesn’t even need to be washed beforehard as long as it is cooked properly.

If cooked food will not be consumed immediately, it has to be left to cool at room temperature for at least an hour and a half before being stored in the refrigerator. Putitng hot food in the refrigerator means uneven cooling that can cause food poisoning.

6. Properly store and consume milk

Selecta Milk ensure family nutritionMilk is one of the household staples that require proper storing and consumption. Choose ready-to-drink milk that goes through UHT treatment so that they can be stored in room temperature without the need for refrigeration until the package is opened such as Selecta Milk products in Tetra Pak cartons.

Selecta’s portfolio of 1 litre packs includes Selecta Fortified Milk, Selecta Full Cream Milk, Selecta Fortified Low Fat Milk and Selecta Moo Milk Chocolate allowing options for the entire family. These also come with resealable caps for easy opening, pouring and storing back in the fridge.

Selecta Milk in Tetra Pak cartons stays safe and nutritious even at room temperature as long as the carton remains unopened. However, make sure to refrigerate upon opening.

7. Keep foods covered and sealed

Store refrigerated foods in covered containers or sealed storage bags, especially meat. Make sure they keep from touching each other and that it doesn’t drip on to other items. Refrigerated leftovers should always be checked daily for spoilage.

These are just some of the most basic food safety tips that should be practiced in every household. Kids at home will eventually pick-up on the pattern if observed regularly at home and will know what are safe and healthy for them.

24 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Mommy Levy2017/01/16 at 1:22 pm - Reply

    we always practice first in first out para walang masisira 🙂

  2. Kim @ Mom On Duty2017/01/17 at 4:51 am - Reply

    We’re practicing all these! It’s also important to always keep the prep/cooking area clean.

  3. Ceemee2017/01/17 at 10:18 am - Reply

    This list is knowledge that is important for children to know and observe. They will use it in the future. That is why it’s good to have kids help in the kitchen, too.

  4. Jen Ubongen2017/01/19 at 7:03 am - Reply

    These are all good tips that I believe we need to teach to our kids at an early age, especially handwashing 😉

  5. Nerisa2017/01/19 at 8:01 am - Reply

    NIce tips. Especially the proper storage. Not just for milk siguro but for the other food items.

  6. Meg Villamarin-Mortega2017/01/19 at 12:06 pm - Reply

    Most of the time, canned good and konting biscuits and bread lang (na nauubos agad) ang iniistock namin. We always go to the marketplace to buy fresh meat/veggies. Good thing it’s near our place. Thanks for the tips, very helpful ituro sa kids 🙂

  7. mhaan a2017/01/20 at 12:41 am - Reply

    While in the grocery, hubby always checks the expiration date before he buys. One time, we found out a bread is already expired but still on the shelf. We immediately approach the staff and asked to remove them asap.

  8. Rowena Wendy Lei2017/01/20 at 1:31 am - Reply

    Agree, I always check the expiry dates when I go to the supermarket.

  9. Badet Siazon2017/01/20 at 4:43 am - Reply

    Great tips here. Guilty lang ako when grocery shopping, I always go to the meat/frozen section first kasi yun yung pinaka importante.

  10. jem alvarado2017/01/20 at 6:11 pm - Reply

    Well-said for food safety tips! My son is always checking for the expiry date before we buy items from the grocery store.

  11. May Palacpac2017/01/21 at 8:24 am - Reply

    Ah yes. I’m happy that my kids have inculcated the habit of washing their hands before touching food.

  12. Janice2017/01/21 at 9:33 am - Reply

    We love Selecta milk. It’s a staple at our house. Sarap lalo pag ilagay sa cereals. 🙂

  13. Eve of Qarah Moments2017/01/21 at 10:49 am - Reply

    These are helpful tips. I’m guilty of not checking the expiry date in the grocery store. We usually buy at Puregold so kampante ako, but after reading this post, I realized I should not be kampante. Always check the label.

  14. Maan2017/01/21 at 12:14 pm - Reply

    We practice all of these tips, too! We have a carton or two of fresh milk every day, so it’s really helpful that I keep track of when we open them. Buti nalang Yuri usually finishes them before they go bad haha

  15. Mommy Queenelizabeth2017/01/21 at 3:51 pm - Reply

    These are all helpful. Very informative too for us parents. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  16. Alaine2017/01/22 at 8:22 am - Reply

    These were all taught to us by our mom and my sisters and I still practice all these to this very date. I am really into checking the expiration dates in everything that I buy.

  17. Ayi2017/01/22 at 2:34 pm - Reply

    Great tips 🙂 When I cook, my eldest is usually watching me and in the process, I teach her too. These tips are something I should add 🙂

  18. Liz2017/01/22 at 4:54 pm - Reply

    I buy meat separately since there’s a Monterey shop across my place. For the rest, I do get them from the grocery store. 🙂 Still working on my son’s handwashing since he always wants to play with water instead of just washing his hands. LOL!

  19. Lhourdes Mercadero2017/01/22 at 7:44 pm - Reply

    I always check yung expiration date ng mga products before ko ibuy. Mostly we are doing all your advice and tips.

  20. Maria Teresa Figuerres2017/01/22 at 11:34 pm - Reply

    We’re doing almost all of the things mentioned in your list, except for one. We sometimes put slightly hot food inside the refrigerator if we need to sleep or leave the house. Now we don’t do it again because as I’ve read in your post, it causes food poisoning. Thanks for these tips, Mommy!

  21. Ma.Me.Mi.Mommy2017/01/23 at 5:43 am - Reply

    Oops on number 2. I tend to buy the perishables first because that’s what I went to the grocery for. And then later on I’ll decide that I still need to get other stuffs pa pala. Must change the order.

  22. Gilian2017/01/23 at 11:21 am - Reply

    I agree with the list. I try to stock as much as possible.meat because I can’t go out easily with a baby and 2 toddlers. Most of the things on the list are checks for me. 🙂

  23. Peachy @ The Peach Kitchen2017/01/23 at 9:02 pm - Reply

    I have a bad experience of food poisoning buying non-branded food products that’s why I’m really careful now and by from trusted brands.

  24. Michelle2017/01/25 at 1:41 am - Reply

    Medyo napaisip ako sa tip #2 as I usually get the meat and frozen goods first before the non-perishables! Oh dear, good thing I’ve read this. Maitatama ko yung mistake ko moving forward hihi

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