Pragmatic Restaurant Practices Can Be Adapted for Family Use
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. – Food-handling practices in a restaurant’s kitchen can be adapted on a smaller scale for use at home.
Mansion Grand, featuring Alissia’s Cafe, in the midst of Staten Island’s Great Kills waterfront, does a substantial amount of catering and dinners for for individuals.
But for folks who put meat or poultry on the grill at home and enjoy food preparation for only a few family members there are some pragmatic steps to help preserve at-home health.
A useful routine is to separate raw meats from other foods. This minimizes potential cross-contamination by bacteria spreading from one kind of food to another.
Especially keep this in mind when handling raw meat, poultry, seafood and eggs.
You want to keep these foods – and their juices – away from ready-to-eat foods.
The easiest way to prevent cross-contamination is to begin the separation right in the grocery cart.
Keep raw meat, poultry, seafood and eggs from other foods in your shopping cart, grocery bags and in your refrigerator.
When preparing the food for cooking, use one cutting board for fresh produce and a separate one for raw meat, poultry and seafood.
Folks who put chops or wings from plate to grill might have to re-educate themselves on this one: Never place cooked food on a plate that previously held raw meat, poultry, seafood or eggs.
And one more caveat: Don’t reuse marinades used on raw foods unless you first boil them.
About the Mansion Grand, featuring Alissia’s Café
Overlooking the panoramic vista of Great Kills Harbor, the Mansion Grand, featuring Alissia’s Café, is a popular Staten Island, N.Y., destination for catered banquets, Italian/Continental a la carte dining, and gourmet prix fixe dinners from $19.95.
The iconic establishment, once known as the Marina Grand, is located at 141 Mansion Ave., in the community of Great Kills.
For reservations, additional information, or inclusion on the Mansion Grand/Alissia’s Café email list of special offers, call 718-605-9200, or log onto http://mansiongrand.com.