Top 5 Kitchen Dos and Don’ts for Food Allergy Safety
Today, FARE debuted new food safety resources in collaboration with Chef Joel Schaefer, including a recipe competition, two new YouTube cooking tutorials, and more! You can find these resources on the FARE website. Also released today is a Creating a Food Allergy Safety Zone in Your Home booklet, which includes this list of "Dos and Don'ts" for safe cooking.
- Use only thoroughly cleaned cutting boards, pots, pans and utensils. Consider buying separate pans and utensils with colored handles to help family members identify them.
- Keep a designated area to store special products and equipment.
- Wash your hands before preparing food for a person with food allergies.
- Use fresh ingredients and cooking oils.
- Designate special plates, either by shape or color, to help identify allergen-free meals.
- Place allergen-free food directly on shared equipment, such as an outdoor grill.
- Use utensils that have just been used to prepare allergen-containing foods, or that haven’t properly been cleaned, to prepare food for individuals with food allergies.
- Use processed foods or foods that have been marinated unless you verify the ingredients.
- Use foods that contain ingredients that you don’t know or can’t confirm.
- Place safe meals in the same area as meals that may contain allergens.
You can download the full "Creating a Food Allergy Safety Zone in Your Home" booklet and find more resources in FARE's press release.