I try to touch only the handles of my cutlery (as recommended here), but I have one doubt. After washing, I place the cutlery upside down in a plastic basket. This way the handle is 'handy'.

Is this the correct way to reduce risk of cross contamination?

  • Are you talking about knives, as part of a cook's kit, or general forks, knives and spoons? I read all of the linked documents and didn't see anything specifically addressing either of these items... perhaps I missed something.
    – SAJ14SAJ
    Apr 7, 2013 at 22:39
  • @SAJ14SAJ: It's in there, sort of. See the section "Don't Set It Down – Put It Away!"
    – Aaronut
    Apr 8, 2013 at 0:43
  • @SAJ14SAJ it's about the eating utensils.
    – Mien
    Apr 8, 2013 at 15:28
  • @SAJ14SAJ, knives and forks, eating utensils Apr 9, 2013 at 8:18

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This discussion is a bit far fetched, (going for safety's sake). If by upside down you mean the 'business end' of the utensil is down and the handle up, this comes to mind:

  • If there is a drop of contaminated water (from hands or a splash) it'll work its way to the very tip. The tip also is the last place to dry.

  • the tip of the utensil (nearly guaranteed to touch food and likely lips and mouth) is touching a surface that many other utensils hit (bottom of the basket). A parallel issue to ground meat from multiple animals here where if one piece is carrying something, then it's spreading.

A clever thing I saw a banquet hall staff do, was to bring the utensils with the bucket to the table which was covered with clean (disinfected) table cloth and tipped it over. That way she didn't have to pull them out by the business end and could grab the handles once they rested on the table.

  • Sounds good to me Apr 9, 2013 at 8:17

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