With the coronavirus pandemic taking over the globe and people’s lives, more and more of us are staying in and cooking our own food. Delivery feels a bit risky right now (though the FDA has said there is no risk of the virus traveling on food), and there’s just something comforting about preparing your own meals when there’s nothing else going on anyway.

Since we’re all stuck inside, why not learn something while we’re at it? That is, how to actually cook something edible. You know, something that isn’t a microwave dinner or carbalicious bagel bites (which, for the record, are still delicious).

Thankfully, one food service worker shared helpful tips on how those of us who can’t cook can prepare for ourselves without coming down with salmonella or otherwise poisoning ourselves.

Food service worker Dylan Morrison, educated Twitter users by sharing these food safety and kitchen cleanliness tips…for the more clueless of us out here.

The first tip? Try not to poison yourself. The hospitals are already crammed with sick folks during the coronavirus pandemic.

Also, Morrison promised us some delicious (get it?) stories from customers, like this zinger.

Naturally—wash your dang hands (in general and before prepping food!).

And then he shared some actually SUPER useful info about cooking. Temps in Fahrenheit. Oh, and use Google!

Need to thaw something? Maybe a chunk of fish? Run it under cold (not hot!) water.

This is important, people. There’s something called a bacterial hot zone which is between 41 and 135 degrees.

Reheating food? Here’s the best way to do it.

Also, reheating multiple times amps up the bacteria.

And seafood? It’s got an even shorter lifespan.

Oh, and if it looks and smells sketchy, DON’T EAT IT. You’d think people wouldn’t need to give this advice…

Get a food thermometer. Seriously. Here is why and how:

You need to actually, truly soak dried beans. It’s not a suggestion. It’s a rule.

Sprouted potatoes? We’ve all been there. Don’t eat them.

Huge dent in the can? Don’t eat it.

Apparently “best by” dates are a suggestion. Expiration dates, however, you must follow.

And now for the ridiculous & amusing stories.

Oh and one more reminder about beef:

Dylan, you are a hero. We all agree.


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*First Published: March 26, 2020, 1:34 pm