Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Safety and Sanitation

I suppose I won't always post once (or twice, as in last night's class) after every class session. But for now it pleases me to and it's my blog. So shut up and read...

Tonight was, as the next couple of nights will be, about safety and sanitation. Talk about a contrast to the mind rendering dialogue from my World Cuisine class last night. This is the boring stuff. 99% of it is common sense, which 99% of us already understand, but because that 1% just don't seem to get it we have to address it and make sure we cover all of the bases. I know this and am taking it with a grain of salt because I recognise it as a necessary bore (I would've said "evil" but cleanliness is next to godliness, right?).

In all seriousness, it's not that bad. It's just hard to switch gears so rapidly from last night's thought provoking discussions. Last night was: man eventually figured out that, instead of hunting an animal for food, he could trap a male and female, breed them, and never have to hunt again. This allowed him to stay in one place, which led him to create more elaborate dwellings for himself, which was the birth of civilation - all because of food. Tonight was: don't use bulging cans because someone could get Botulism.

Nevertheless, I will learn it and learn it well because it is an important aspect of my future career and life path. Eventually I will be training my own employees on safety and sanitation to keep one of them from serving food from a bulging can, killing a customer (God forbid), resulting in several costly lawsuits and my restaurant getting shut down.


t said...

It was not Husbandry that made civilization, but it was the beer. Once man figured out that he could grow grains for beer in a certain area, bake those grains so that they could last all winter, and by accident spill water on then in a sunny open air location and they started to ferment, was the real birth of civilization. Ask your teacher about that. They say that brewing beer is the third oldest profession in the world. And a bulging beer can just means that it is over carbonated and should be opened in the sink.

redredsteve said...

It was the husbandry of both animals and plants that caused humans to begin living sedentary, non-nomadic lives. This started (supposedly) sometime between 8500 and 7000 BC and marked the Agricultural Revolution, long before we figured anything out about beer by accidentally boiling and fermenting grains. Earliest datings of beer go back approximately 7000 years, or in other words, several hundred (if not a few thousand) years after the Agricultural Revolution.