Do not leave measuring cups or scoops in food for comfort and speed, it will leave germs in the food. I went to college to become a dietary manager, and I learned that from my text books. This is a state law for schools, nursing homes, prisons, and day cares. Think about it, dirty hands and nails full of germs touch the scoops.
By 6956 from 88olds88
Rightfully so there should be such a law with food and utensils being handled by many different people. However I fail to think I threaten my family and friends by leaving my measuring spoons and cups in my food. I wash my hands before I start cooking and several times during cooking as most cooks do I am sure. No one has gotten sick yet.
I don't feel there is a need to worry in home kitchens. I run my measuring spoons and cups through the dishwasher periodically. I understand why you feel this way being trained to do so. Maybe we could suggest they hang their utensils on the container ready for use?
Not trying to be rude or mean 'and this info you supply here does make sense for large facilities like you're talking about where employees are not tip top sanitary' but I am 55 years old and have never become sick from myself, family members or friends keeping a scoop in any dry goods such as coffee, tea, flour, sugar, rice, etc. or a shared serving spoon when filling your own plate from the same bowl, pot or skillet.
I also can't help but wonder why it's allowed for serving spoons to be allowed in restaurants that serve buffet if this is so dangerous?
Let's not get paranoid about things in our own homes. I'm more concerned about the people in fast food restaurants who don't wear gloves and more than likely do not wash their hands after bathroom breaks.
More people have gotten sick from their own home kitchens than at restaurants. How do you know that you have not gotten sick from leaving your scoop in your food? You could have gotten sick and figured it came from something else. Unless you have never been sick a day in your life.
All these stomach problems could be coming from dirty utensils being left in food and other dirty things. Sickness has to be coming from something. It never hurts to be careful. I don't eat at just anyone's house. I have to really know how that person cooks. Pets is another thing to watch out for. Some people think it is okay for the cat to get on the eating table! I just don't think so!
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