Guidelines for preparing food to share

Guidelines for preparing food to share

Thank you so much for being willing to bring food for our Refugee Week event.

Because of Food Safety rules in the UK, please remember:

  1. Recent illness


If you have suffered from a condition or disease that can be transmitted to another person via food, please leave 48 hours after the last symptom before cooking for us.


  1. Personal and Kitchen Hygiene


When you cook, it’s important to:

  • wash hands thoroughly before beginning,
  • make sure that all your surfaces and equipment are freshly cleaned (using disinfectant/antibacterial cleaner on work surfaces, if possible),
  • use a separate chopping board and knife for any raw meat/fish, and
  • If you need to use a cloth, use a fresh tea towel or some kitchen roll.

We’d recommend using an apron to protect your clothes and the food, and rolling up sleeves, taking off any jewellery, and tying back hair.

If you have pets, we’d suggest they stay out of the kitchen while you’re cooking!

  1. Cooling and Storing Food

Once food has been cooked, try to cool it as quickly as possible. If you’re storing it, make sure it’s stored in the refrigerator or freezer. Please be particularly careful with meat, fish, dairy, and rice.


Rice that is going to be eaten later, hot or cold, must be cooled quickly and stored in the refrigerator or freezer (this includes rice salads). If you are going to reheat rice, make sure that it is steaming hot (75 degrees Celsius) before you serve. There are full guidelines on handling rice safely here.


  1. Allergens

Please provide a list of all ingredients used. This helps people with allergies stay safe and makes it easy for people with religious or other food restrictions to work out what they can and can’t eat.