And now I’m going to shock you with my Food Safety Myths – revealed! All the things your mom (or grandma) told you never to do with your food – disproved! You will be amazed to learn that all these years, you’ve been doing it wrong. What’s truly amazing is that you lived this long to read about it! But for real now – read up, and go do right with your food.
FOOD SAFETY MYTHS
#1 The 5 Second Rule: It’s Not Real
The 5 second rule holds that if you drop a piece of food, as long as you pick it up before 5 seconds have elapsed, the food hasn’t had time to become contaminated. In fact, a scientific study was done (of course it was!) to determine if this was a real thing.
The study found that yes, bacteria and icky things do stick themselves to the food as soon as it touches the floor. The stickier or wetter the food is, the more germs will attach to the food. If the food is really dry, not as much. If you are a pretty healthy person, your system can probably handle a few of these bacteria. Otherwise, it might be better to just toss the food.
#2 Once You’ve Thawed Food, You Should Never Refreeze It!
It kinda depends on the circumstances. If you have thawed your food only in the refrigerator, and the food has stayed at or below 40 degrees for no more than a couple of hours, then it’s ok to go ahead and refreeze it if you decide you’re not going to use it. If you look at the food and it’s still icy, it should be fine to put back in the freezer. Keep in mind, the food quality is going to suffer – that means it will not taste as good. Once it’s been refrozen, it might be mushy, or have a freezer flavor. But it should be safe to eat if you stick by these rules. Continue reading