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With Christmas cake and pudding baking in full swing, I have written a blog on the risks of consuming raw mixtures. Did your mother let you lick the spoon? Mine did, and its one tradition I won’t be passing on to my daughter.


Did you know unbaked ingredients such as dough, batter and Xmas cake mixture should not be consumed. Raw eggs can pose a risk of Salmonella and there have been many cases where E.Coli  outbreaks have led back to flour. E-coli and Salmonella will be destroyed on effective cooking. Salmonella and E.coli are not a treat…no licking spoons or the beaters this holiday season.


Here are some tips for handling raw baked goods safely

  1. Wash hands (20 seconds), work surfaces and utensils thoroughly after contact with flour and raw dough products.
  2. Do not give play dough made with raw flour to children.
  3. Take care to clean up any flour spillages (if children are ‘helping’, flour is most likely to be scattered half way across the kitchen).
  4. Keep raw, unbaked food away from other foods to avoid cross-contamination
  5. Follow storage instructions of chilled ingredients and refrigerate as soon as possible after purchase.
  6. Follow manufacturers’ cooking instructions, or recipe guidelines when baking. Cooking food at the right temperature/time will ensure any harmful bacteria are killed.


Enjoy your Christmas baking? Get the kids involved and make a mess.

Just remember to say no to raw dough!

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