Kitchen Closing Tips

Tip of the Week Many of you will be closing your kitchens during the current Covid-19 crisis. Follow these tips to help reduce stock wastage and for your kitchen to be in the best state of cleanliness when it is time to reopen. FRIDGES – Empty fridges then clean...

Kitchen Gloves – or not?

Tip of the Week  Is wearing disposable gloves in the kitchen more hygienic?  The answer depends on how you use them… Disposable gloves are great to protect your hands when preparing high colour vegetables such as beetroot or butternut squash.  But they are essential...

4 Top HACCP Points

Tip of the Week HACCP – Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points HACCP is the process of looking at your food operation, from sourcing your suppliers to serving the food to your customers.   Identify the hazards in your process, put controls in place to manage...

Are you ready for your inspection?

Tip of the Week Are you ready for your Environmental Health Inspection? Your Environmental Health Inspection is split into three main headings and you need to score highly in all three areas to achieve/retain a Level 5 Food Hygiene Rating.  Here is a reminder of the...

Food Handlers

Tip of the Week Did you know that food handlers themselves are the greatest cause of food poisoning incidents in this country! When a food handler is ill and continues to work in the kitchen, there is a high risk of passing bacteria or viruses to other members of...

Acrylamide Reminder

Tip of the Week What is Acrylamide and what does the EU Acrylamide legislation mean to your kitchen practices?   What is Acrylamide? Acrylamide is a chemical substance formed by a reaction between amino acids and sugars, typically in foods with high starch...

Allergens & Bacteria in your Kitchen

Tip of the Week To avoid cross contamination of bacteria or allergens no cloths should be used to clean work surfaces in the kitchen during food preparation and service. Using cloths can spread allergens or bacteria from one surface to another. To eliminate this...

Cool it!

Tip of the Week Research has proved that bacteria does not multiply significantly in high risk foods within 90 minutes of cooking. However, after the initial 90 minutes of cooling time, the risk of bacteria growth and multiplication rises considerably. The ideal...

What’s the use by date of your food?

Tip of the Week Food Date Labelling Rules Foods with a USE BY day within 7 days – Use Coloured Day Dots.  The coloured dot is the USE BY day. Foods with a USE BY day longer than 7 days – use a HACCP label This includes foods which you freeze on site or bottled...

Happy New Year!

Tip of the Week After the busy festive period, take advantage of this quieter month to get all your staff training up to date. So – what training is needed and who needs it?  Here are our top 3 priorities for staff training: Level 2 Food Safety – All kitchen...