Making your own baby food is tons of fun. And the best place to start is a sparkling clean kitchen.
Believe it or not, there is something called good bacteria. Take yogurt for example; the probiotics (good bacteria, like Lactobacillus acidophilus) found in yogurt can actually do battle with bad bacteria and fight stomach trouble.
But bad bacteria, such as E. coli and salmonella, runs rampant on proteins, like red meat and chicken. The scary thing is that it can survive on kitchen surfaces for hours, spreading to utensils, plates and other food. Just a droplet of juice from an uncooked chicken or piece of meat on your counter can contaminate your hands, or a dish, making you feel really lousy - unless you are really careful.
Cooking food thoroughly kills most bacteria, but if it has been left out for more than a couple of hours, not even the hottest oven on earth can salvage it.
Keep your kitchen workspace bacteria-free by: