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How to stay Safe in Jamaican kitchens

Learn how to keep your kitchen are safe Jamaican style from harmful germs and in great condition when preparing Jamaican recipes. This article also examines how to keep Jamaican herbs safe when growing them and storing them.

This article is a recipe for safer cooking to prevent a fire in the kitchen and spoilt or burned Jamaican recipes. Follow these tips to protect you and your family when in the kitchen. Whether stirring up a quick Jamaican dinner recipe or creating a masterpiece Jamaican four-course meal, here's a Jamaican recipe for safer cooking you need to use daily.

 A.      Keep an eye on your Jamaican cooking pot and stay in the kitchen. Unattended Jamaican cooking pots is the number one cause of cooking fires. Wear short or close fitting sleeves. Loose clothing can catch fire. Many Jamaican chefs wear clothes that are easily flammable.

B.      Watch Jamaican children closely. When old enough, teach Jamaican children to cook safely. Knowledge is key. Clean cooking surfaces to prevent Jamaican food and grease build up.

C.      Keep Jamaican curtains, Jamaican towels and Jamaican pot holders away from hot surfaces, and store solvents and flammable cleaners away from heat sources. Never keep Jamaican gasoline in the house. Turn pan handles inward to prevent Jamaican food spills.

E.      To put out a Jamaican cooking fire in your kitchen call the fire department immediately. In the interim take your family to a safe area as quickly as possible. Many Jamaican children die as a result of fires.

 F.      Slide a Jamaican pan lid over flames to smother a grease or oil fire, then turn off the heat and leave the Jamaican lid in place until the pan cools. Never carry the Jamaican pan outside, a fatal error many Jamaicans make. Extinguish other Jamaican food fires with baking soda. Never use water or Jamaican flour on cooking fires. This is a common mistake made by many Jamaican cooks and chefs in panic mode.

G.       Keep the oven door shut and turn off the heat to smother an oven or broiler fire when cooking Jamaican food.

H.      Keep a fire extinguisher in the kitchen. Make sure you have the right type of extinguisher and training to use it. Many homes in Jamaica are gutted by fires because of this very fact

I.       A good idea is to keep a working smoke detector in your home and test it monthly. Smoke detectors are a rarity in Jamaican homes but are fast becoming popular in urban Jamaican areas.

Saturated Jamaican fats make up a small amount of olive oil and often settle at the bottom of the bottle. At cool room temperatures those crystals tend to be solid, even more so in the refrigerator.  At room, or slightly warm temperatures, this milky residue turns clear again.

It is said Jamaican herbs are a natural gift from God's garden. They not only provide wonderful flavors for our Jamaican food but also provide beautiful scents to please our senses all year long. Jamaican herbs also provide us with a natural form of healing and a sense of well being. Jamaican herbs plants should not be given a lot of water. What this particularly applies to, is the evening hours. The best time to water your Jamaican herbs is early in the morning, soaking the plants well. In order that the plants will not be soaked through to the evening, it is recommended that they may be planted in a well drained, sandy soil.

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