Preparing Safe, Healthy Family Meals

Mealtimes present precious opportunities for families to strengthen their bond. It is at mealtimes, when every family member is relaxed in the glow of good food and company, that secret wishes are made known, petty differences are patched up, and exciting goals are pressed forward. There is constant pressure then for moms to prepare a good spread every mealtime, making sure that not only are the dishes delicious, but safe and healthy as well. Committing to good food preparation practices is the first step towards achieving this.

Because one cannot see, smell, or taste bacteria which may potentially cause illness, it is essential for moms and her helpers in the kitchen to be extra cautious when handling, cooking, and storing food.

For starters, hands must be washed often, 20 seconds before and after handling food. Kitchen surfaces must also be kept squeaky clean at all times. It goes without saying that pots, pans, knives, and utensils must be kept in pristine condition too.

When preparing food, keep raw meat, poultry, and fish away from each other; separate them from other food as well. Use a different set of cutting board and knife to work on meat, poultry, and fish. This practice is done to avoid cross-contamination.

Cook to the right temperature always. Raw beef and pork must be cooked to a minimum internal temperature of 145 °F (62.8 ºC), and chicken at 165 °F (73.9 °C). Of course, some moms may opt to cook at higher temperatures, and that's fine.

A lot of recipes call for a measure of water in their preparation. When this happens, don't just get water from the tap thinking that the cooking process will incinerate any germ or bacteria it may contain. All your efforts at handling food safely would be rendered moot by this one careless move.

Treat water as another ingredient in your recipe. So when you're out shopping for ingredients for your family meals, choose those that could help keep your family healthy and safe. WILKINS Distilled Drinking Water is a dependable ingredient to have in your pantry.

WILKINS Distilled Drinking Water combines two different purification processes, distillation and reverse osmosis, to provide you and your family with safe water for drinking and cooking. The process of reverse osmosis is what sets the brand apart from others, making it the most trusted by moms and even prescribed by pediatricians, ensuring that your family meals are deliciously safe always.

Ensure your family's safety by preparing dishes, cooking rice, making soups, and boiling pasta with distilled water. Use distilled water as well when making ice and whipping up powdered beverages like milk and juice. Indeed, WILKINS Distilled Drinking Water is your partner in making mealtimes safe and special for each and every one in the family!

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