How to eat well and make healthy cooking with your 3d printer? In the first part, we have detailed the behavior of the material in the tube of Cakewalk 3d and given you some tips to prepare a healthier kitchen. This second part is dedicated to the environment around your 3d food printing.
Hygiene is not an exciting topic for everyone and I have no doubt that you have a good idea of how to clean your kitchen.
The goal of this article is to make you discover the rules that are applied in a professional environment.
Overall 3d food printing is not very different from cooking.
Your objective is therefore to eliminate as much as possible the risks of contamination by micro-organisms in order to limit the toxic elements in your preparations.
Why it matters
Because your 3d prints go into people’s bodies. Like all cooks in the world, you have a responsibility to produce healthy food. Your goal is that your dish is tasty and good for the health of your family or guests.
Cakewalk 3d is like any other food processor. With a little organization to follow the simple rules of hygiene, you will be able to use it in the best conditions and prepare healthy cooking.
Legislation in many countries requires the wearing of professional attire in food production facilities. The clothing is an element of hygiene because street clothes are often polluted and carry micro-organisms from the outside. In general, changing clothes when you go home is a good practice, and it is even better when you go cooking.
The professional clothing must be clean, light, strong, non-flammable and capable of distinguishing dirt. If you are lazy, we advise you to wear at least a clean cotton T-shirt and an apron.
In a professional environment, you should also :
- Remove rings, earrings, piercing etc…
- Avoid makeup
- Tie or cover your hair
If you don’t want to submit to all these constraints, at least think about taking off your rings, as they are jewelry that has the highest probability of being in contact with food.
Keep your kitchen clean
Your menu is chosen. But before you start, it is important to get organized in your kitchen. In all humility, we would like to give you a few hygiene tips so that you can eat your 3d printed meal in complete peace of mind.
To avoid microbes and bacteria, two types of cleaners are used in a professional environment: detergents and bactericides.
Detergents are used to clean dirt and bactericides to remove bacteria (as you might have guessed).
At home, we rarely use two products. Some kitchen and bathroom products contain bactericides.
Here’s our tip: put white vinegar in a spray bottle and spray your surfaces before wiping with a clean cloth. This is the best compromise between efficiency and price. You may be inconvenienced because it smells strong, so don’t hesitate to open the window (which is also a good practice).
If some of your utensils are not stored in drawers or cupboards, it is also worth disinfecting them before use.
Keep your Cakewalk 3d clean
Like all your kitchen utensils, you must ensure that your Cakewalk 3d is clean before using it.
Again, white vinegar is your best friend.
Spray white vinegar on the Cakewalk 3d cartridge components and allow them to dry before use.
After use, you can rinse and clean the extruder elements with hot water and detergent. You can also run them through the dishwasher.
You can purchase a cleaning brush to clean the extruder tube. Finally, we recommend that you use cleaning needles to ensure that the nozzle is perfectly unclogged before any further use.
Limit food hazards
Protect your food
Respecting the rules of hygiene also aims to limit food spoilage. Always control the food you are going to use in your preparation. Often you see all the ingredients of a recipe weighed and separated in containers. This is a good practice to organize yourself but also to work cleanly.
In a professional environment, we are taught the right gestures of visual and olfactory control. Here are the different steps:
Check the freshness of the food
Check that the packaging is not damaged (punctured, torn or dented).
and check for mould and insects.
Check for suspicious odours
If in doubt, taste a very small quantity and ask a third party for advice.
Also think about rotating your stock. Organize your shelves and cupboards so that the first package in is the first one out.
The way-forward method
Do you know the way forward? It’s simple, in fact the principle is as follows: dirty goods should never cross with clean goods.
It’s is avoid any contact between what is contaminated and what is to be consumed or used.
What you must do:
- immediately throw the waste in the appropriate garbage can (eggshells, peelings, packaging).
- eliminate the risk of splashes and stains by preparing your recipe on another table than the one where your 3D printer is located.
- avoid the proximity between the dirty utensils and your 3D printer. As soon as a bowl / utensil is dirty and no longer used, put it in the sink or in the dishwasher!
A bonus to end
Have you read the article so far? Congratulations! You are now ready to create a healthy kitchen with your 3d printer!
So what are we eating tonight? Here’s a little bonus to help you if you’re out of ideas. The BBC has published the list of the 100 best ingredients from a nutritional point of view.
For this they have compiled the maximum number of scientific studies and some results are amazing. Without wanting to steal you, some ingredients are hard to find in all parts of the world but I am sure that this list will spark your creativity!
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