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Week 10 Chef Notes

Week 10 Chef Notes and Tips

This week I would like to touch on sanitation in the home kitchen.

 PART 1, “A Safe Plate”
by: Jennifer Pasos  

As a professional or student chef our first line of defense is cleanliness. The following task are elementary, but can potentially save the reputation of the establishment or a life.  

1.      Frequently wash your hands with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds, then dry with a paper towel. When working in any environment, think of the health of those you will be serving. Always wash your hands after using the restroom, before preparing any food and especially after raw meats. 2.     Clean your work area and all utensils with warm soapy water, the next step will be to sanitize using 1 gallon of water with 1 tbsp. of bleach or vinegar. 3.     Refrain from using sponges and dishcloths to clean items. For example if your sponge or dish towel has an odor there's a possibility bacteria is present and growing rapidly.

4.     Washing and drying utensils. Single service towels can be expensive so air dry.  

Tomatoes: Prepare a homemade tomato sauce for pizza with onions, tomatoes, garlic, and fresh basil. This will taste great and use 3 items from your CSA box.
Onion: Prepare fresh grilled vegetables contents: onions, peppers, and squash with vinaigrette.
Cantaloupe:
Wash with warm water and a little soap before cutting this summer delight. The skin of a melon is a place that can contain bacteria.
Squash:
Southern style squash casserole is high in calories but great for this summer delight. The prepared casseroles freeze well and are great for future meal helpers.
Cucumbers:
Sliced with fresh tomatoes and topped with lemon juice or fresh basil.
Peppers:
Roast and prepare a homemade pimento cheese. 1 c. shredded cheddar, 3 tbsp. roasted peppers and 4 tbsp. mayonnaise.
Kale: Freeze and put into a smoothie.
Corn:
Grill simmer and freeze for a great future meal.
Basil:
Homemade pesto. 

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