Posted: Jan 10, 2013 12:17 AM
Updated: Jan 10, 2013 12:25 AM
Take this quiz to find out how clean your kitchen really is!
We all know that maintaining a clean kitchen is important, and I'd venture to guess that most of us would consider our home kitchens at least as sanitary as those found in restaurants. I know I did. I clean regularly, wipe down counters constantly, and am downright fanatical when it comes to cleaning up after cooking with raw meat. That's why I was shocked to realize my home kitchen would receive a sanitation grade of 70% from the LA Department of Public Health - by far a failing grade for a restaurant!
I took the quiz after reading an article on WebMD, 'Is Your Kitchen as Clean as a Restaurant's?' It seems my grade mostly results from improper food storage and cooling of hot foods/leftovers. According to the article, most home-related food borne illnesses are underreported. The article also reports that many home kitchens are the site of improper practices, with most problems resulting from malfunctioning refrigerator thermometers or home cooks wearing jewelry or improperly maintained fingernails while cooking.