Safe Food Preparation
Keeping Food Safe to Eat
Begin the activity by asking, Can food be spoiled by bacteria? Tell students that bacteria that cause food-related illnesses can be spread when hands and food preparation areas are not kept clean, or when food is not kept at the proper temperature.
Next, ask students to suggest precautions that can be taken to avoid contaminating food during preparation. List their ideas on the board. Explain that simple actions, such as washing hands before eating or preparing food, help to reduce the possibility of spreading bacteria or other harmful substances to food.
Tell students that they will learn about safe food preparation by making one of their favorite foods—ice cream. Review the steps they will follow to make their ice cream, as listed on the “Good and Healthy!” sheet. Have students identify the steps that will require special care to keep their food clean.
Keywords: food | safe food | food preparation | clean | separate | cook | chill | wash | wash hands | bacteria | food poisoning | food safety
- Moreno N., and B. Tharp. (2011). The Science of Food: Teacher’s Guide. Fourth edition. Baylor College of Medicine. ISBN: 978-1-888997-76-7.
- Photo courtesy of D. Toth. Getty Images: Free Images\1007703.
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