The Christmas feast is a highly anticipated event in many households. Amidst the joys and festivities, however, is the underlying importance of hygiene. From the bustling kitchen activities to the glittering table presentation, ensuring a hygienic setting is paramount for a memorable and safe celebration.
If you don’t know by now, at SweepSouth we’re all about hygiene, so we’ve put together a comprehensive guide to make your Christmas meal not just delicious, but impeccably clean as well.
1. Hygienic Preparation in the Kitchen
Before you begin your Christmas cooking, it’s vital to give your kitchen a thorough clean. Disinfect countertops, clean out the fridge, and ensure all cooking utensils and equipment are spotlessly clean.
Always wash your hands before and after handling food, especially raw meat. Use warm water, soap, and scrub for at least 20 seconds.
Safe Food Storage
Store raw meats at the bottom of your fridge to prevent juices from contaminating other foods. Always check the recommended storage temperatures and times for perishables.
Use separate chopping boards for raw and cooked foods. Regularly disinfect these boards and replace them when they show signs of wear.
Cook to the Right Temperature
Invest in a food thermometer. Meats, in particular, should be cooked to a safe internal temperature to kill harmful bacteria.
2. Hygiene Tips for Setting the Table
Ensure tablecloths, napkins, and any fabric accessories are freshly laundered. This not only looks appealing but reduces the chance of transferring germs.
Dishware and Cutlery
Even if they’ve been stored in a cupboard, give your plates, glasses, and cutlery a quick rinse before setting them on the table.
When laying out shared dishes, always provide serving spoons or forks to prevent multiple people from handling the food.
Fresh Flowers and Centerpieces
If you’re using fresh flowers or any organic centerpieces, ensure they are clean and free from insects. Replace water in vases regularly to keep the setting fresh.
If you’re using fabric-covered chairs, consider giving them a quick vacuum or spot-clean, especially if they’ve been in storage. For plastic or metal chairs, a quick wipe-down will ensure they’re clean for guests.
3. Post-Christmas Feast Hygiene
Don’t let leftovers sit out for more than two hours. Refrigerate promptly to prevent bacterial growth.
Dealing with Leftovers
When reheating leftovers, ensure they’re heated thoroughly. Consume leftovers within two days to enjoy them at their freshest.
Thorough Dish Cleaning
With fatty and oily foods, it’s common for residue to cling to dishware. Use hot water and a good quality dish soap to ensure all remnants are removed.
Ensure food waste is disposed of in sealed bins to avoid attracting pests. If possible, consider composting organic waste.
Storing Decorative Items
If you’ve used decorative items like napkin rings, candle holders, or festive ornaments, ensure they’re cleaned before storage. This ensures they’re ready for the next celebration without the need for an extensive clean.
Concluding Remarks: SweepSouth to the Rescue
With all the effort that goes into ensuring a hygienic Christmas feast, the aftermath can be quite exhausting. Let SweepSouth handle the post-celebration cleanup. The vetted, professional cleaners on our platform are well-equipped to restore your home to its pristine state, allowing you to unwind and relish the festive memories.
With a SweepStar by your side, you’re not just booking a SweepSouth cleaning service; you’re reclaiming your invaluable time. Enjoy your hygienic holiday feast and let us take care of the rest. Cheers!