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10 Common Cooking Mistakes That Could Poison You

Buying food in broken packages

Food could have become contaminated during processing or transportation, and therefore has a higher risk of food poisoning.

Bad hand-washing technique

You should have a separate chopping board for raw meat so food doesn’t cross-contaminate.

Reheating rice

Uncooked rice can contain spores of bacillus cereus bacterium.

Not washing melon rind

Wash your melons thoroughly and remove the flesh from the peel to be extra safe.

Not washing berries

Delicate soft fruit like raspberries and strawberries might seem fiddly to wash, but they can also carry harmful bacteria and viruses.

Smelling food to see if it’s off

We’ve all sniffed milk to check if it’s gone off, but not all bacteria produce bad smells.

Putting warm food in the fridge

Putting warm food in the fridge raises the internal temperature and could put all the food in there at risk of bacteria growth.

Re-freezing melted ice cream

Don't re-freeze ice cream once it’s melted. When it's left out at room temperature for an extended period of time, harmful bacteria like listeria can develop.

Keeping leftovers warm

Cool leftovers as quickly as possible, ideally within two hours.

Eating a dodgy buffet

Steer clear of those egg sandwiches that have been out on the buffet table all afternoon.