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Do I need to keep separate sets of knives for raw meat, dairy, and other items to prevent health issues?

Do I need to keep separate sets of knives for raw meat, dairy, and other items to prevent health issues?



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To prevent cross-contamination, it is not necessary to keep separate sets of knives for different items, though in some kitchens this practice is followed to minimize the possibility of mistakes.  If you use the same set of knives for various items, you'll want to make sure that you clean the knives before and after using them with any potentially-contaminating item (raw meat, dairy, a common allergen).  With regard to knife use, maintaining clean knives and ensuring that the cleaning is frequent and consistent is enough to sufficiently lower the risk of cross-contamination.

As an aside, however, if you intend to make your kitchen allergy-friendly, then separate sets of knives for allergens and for non-allergens may be necessary, as cleaning knives between use does not completely guarantee that they are free of offending allergens.

Dec 24, 2014

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