Annually observed in December,
the Worldwide Food Service Safety Month (WFSSM)
is geared toward professional food service safety.
However, it also reminds cooks in homes all around the world
to handle food safely.
People working with food need to
buy, store, prepare, serve, and store prepared food properly.
"Always remember to handle food safely
both professionally and at home!"
For more information contact month founder Harold LeBouf
Annual Food Safety Contest Topics
"Raw Food Safety"
"Dinner Meal Safety"
"Warm and Cold Dessert Safety"
"Outdoor Cooking Safety"
Food Safety Contest Description
contestants write a 100-800 word essay
about a personal experience with handling food safely
that reflects one of the contest topics.
Anyone over 18 years old who prepares food can enter.
Send essay in the body of your email
between November 1st and December 15th.
The winner will be contacted on or about December 31st.
Between January 1st - January 15th,
the winner will be announced and
the winning entry will be published.
2010's Winner was Peter Kulkkula
who wrote about onion rings.
Here's his entry:
“Fried Food Safety Contest”
Fried Onion Rings
Last summer I began to work for a well known food concession. After learning how to set up an outdoor kitchen, I was told that I would be the Fried Onion Cook. I remember thinking that I don’t know how to do that. My confusion must have shown because I was given very detailed directions.
next day, I showered, put clean clothes on, and combed my balding head.
I showed up early to get set up and go over the directions again. I put on a clean chef’s coat, washed my hands, put vinyl gloves on, made up my dry mix, my wet mix and arranged
my onion ring table.
Then I checked my onion ring cutter carefully to be sure that it was in good
condition and safe to use. After all, if I lost a few fingers, I
wouldn’t be able to fry
the onion rings. : )
I set up the cutter in a corner area that had very
little traffic and was very near to my onion ring table and the onion ring fryolator. Then I
sanitized the cutter and area. I put the bag of onions on a crate on
one side and a sanitized container directly in front of the cutter to
collect the onion rings. Finally, I put a waste container on the other
side to catch all the onion waste. Just
as I washed my hands again, put new vinyl gloves on, and began cutting
my onions, the boss reminded me that the fryolator had to be set up.
So…I took off my chef coat and gloves and put on an apron. The first
thing I did was carefully pour in fresh canola oil. I was careful
because I did not want to get any oil on the roll floor as that might
have caused someone to slip. I checked to see if the fire extinguishers
were where we left them the night before. When we set up the outdoor kitchen, we set up
the gas lines and tested them. But when I turned the gas on, I tested it
again. Then I turned the heat on and set the temperature dial.
took the apron off, put my chef jacket on, washed my hands, and put a
new pair of vinyl gloves on. Then I began cutting the onions again. I
had been cutting the onions for three hours and I was getting very sore,
so I was happy when the boss said that it was time to start frying the
brought my cut onions to my onion ring table. Then I washed down the
cutting area, set up a new sanitized container for cut onions and disposed of
the onion waste so the cutting area was ready for me anytime as I was
told that it could get really busy.
After I washed my hands again and put on another pair of new vinyl
gloves. I checked the fryolator temperature and began the painstaking, process
of making my first batch of onion rings. Then I carefully poured them
into the fryolator, carefully timed them, carefully took them out and let them
drain. Then I put them on paper towels to cool. And finally into a large
French fry boat to serve.
that’s the process and I think I’ve covered the safety areas. My onion rings were a hit. Now people come to the concession asking if the onion ring king is here.
decide to fry in a fryolator or cut with an onion cutter, I suggest
that you find out the safety and sanitary procedures before you start the process.
Good luck! Or should I say, "Stay safe!"
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