Raw food diets are increasing in popularity. But how should these food be prepared in order to achieve optimal results? This article provides four tips regarding the preparation of raw food. Not only will your food taste great, but you’ll feel much healthier after eating it!
Choose High-Quality Raw Food
One of the most important ways that you can ensure that the raw food you eat and serve others is safe for consumption is by choosing high-quality raw food to begin with. If you are preparing raw fruits or vegetables, be sure that the items are firm to the touch and are free from any visible signs of disease or decay. If you are preparing raw meat, the process of determining whether or not the product is high quality is a little more strenuous. When choosing raw fish, make sure that the item is firm, has little odor, and has bright, shiny skin and eyes. Raw meats should also be odor free, and should appear moist without being wet.
Use the Right Materials to Prepare the Food
Next, it is important to use the right materials to prepare the food. Be sure to have a set of knives, a cutting board, and other equipment that can be used to prepare raw fish and meats, and another set of the aforementioned equipment to prepare raw fruits and vegetables. Mixing these knives and cutting boards is a surefire way to contaminate your foods, resulting in illness and possible death. If you do not have enough room in your kitchen for two cutting boards, you can simply place a sticker on one side of a cutting board, designating this as the “meat” side–the other side can be used for fruits and vegetables. Simply flip the cutting board over depending on what you need to cut.
Serving the Food
Be sure to use safety precautions when serving raw food to guests or eating it yourself. Ideally, raw food should only be left at room temperature for around 20 minutes before eating–any longer than this, and the food can begin to spoil. Try to time the meal as closely as possible with the arrival of your guests in order to achieve optimal results. If you are creating a buffet and want to serve raw protein sources, it is essential that the serving tray on which the meat is placed rests on a bed of ice–this will provide some refrigeration, preventing potential illness.
Storing the Food
Finally, if you have leftover raw meat or fish, be sure to store the food in as timely a manner as possible. For best results, place it in an airtight container and eat within a day or two. Raw fruits and vegetables may fare slightly better upon storage–but as with meats and fish, cut fruits and vegetables will typically only last a day of two in the refrigerator.