One of the major ways to keep your food such as chicken wings in Patong free from contamination and safe to consume is by handling it properly, starting from cleaning, storage and down to actual cooking. Here are some tips to ensure that the food you prepare is healthy and safe:
- Wash your hands before handling raw chicken meat. This will prevent the spread of bacteria.
- Make sure that your kitchen is properly and regularly clean. You can mix a teaspoon of bleach and one quart of water to clean the surfaces of your kitchen especially in areas where you place raw meat or where you do the slicing of your ingredients.
- Determine if you are going to cook your chicken wings within the next two days. If you are going to cook chicken wings in Patong within two days, you can just place the meat inside the roof at 40 degrees. However, if you intend to keep your chicken meat within months, wrap the chicken wings in double foil or plastic wrapper after removing and cleaning the meat from its original packaging. Make sure that there are no leaks on the new container or packaging.
- Avoid freezing the chicken if you are going to cook it in a day or two. This will keep the chicken meat tender and juicy.
- Learn how to identify fresh chicken from the not-so-fresh type. Fresh chicken is pinkish. Do not buy chicken with discoloration especially in the wings part. Avoid chicken wings that are translucent, bloody and those that are greyish in colour.
- Chicken wings should spring back once you press the flesh with your fingers. The flesh should not be stiff nor should it leave dents on the flesh when you press it.
- To ensure that you will cook fresh chicken wings in Patong, buy your chicken meat from reliable sources or better yet, buy live chicken and have it cut before you.
- Leftover food should be refrigerated especially if you will not consume the food beyond 2 hours. Food easily gets perished when they are not stored properly. Wait for the chicken wings to cool down before placing it inside the refrigerator.