Vegan chef Laura-Jane Koers
See below for a separate section on keeping pets safe in the kitchen. First, the basics. Throw out all the gadgets you don’t use or need, and invest in a few items that you do. For instance, most people don’t use coffee makers, waffle makers or grill irons. But yet make do with cheap vegetable peelers and mashers. Invest in a few pounds in the good brands for the basic stuff: good peelers and a good potato masher! A trip to a quality kitchen store will do the trick.
- Use your common sense!
- Clean everything with hot soapy water,
- Use separate chopping boards
- Ensure food is re-heated to correct temperatures
- Cook rice fresh (it’s dodgy, after a couple of days)
- Keep knives safely stored away
- Avoid choking hazards near kids (nuts etc, chop up carrot sticks, hot dogs)
- Also avoid choking hazards for Parkinson’s patients (swallowing difficulties)
- Chia seeds should be soaked before eating, as they swell in your stomach.
- Check medicines, as some (grapefruit, green veggies, spirulina) may interact.
Keeping Pets Safe in the Kitchen
Many foods are toxic to pets. Find extensive info at Can I Give My Dog? and in the book For Dog’s Sake (also keep pet birds away from kitchen fumes (even heating pans can be lethal) and fans. Use a letterbox guard for home-delivered chocolate etc, to ensure nosey paws can’t get to it before you do (keep dry ice away from pets and children). Toxic foods to avoid near pets include:
- Nuts (especially macadamias)
- Fruit pips & seeds
- Onions, garlic & chives
- Bread dough
- Grapes & raisins
- Xylitol (sweetener, even crumbs are lethal)
- Raw Salmon
- Dairy & fatty foods
- Salt & sugar