Not A Licensed Establishment(Alternate Title: If You're Feeling Bad About Your Housekeeping Skills)
My hubby and I have a running joke about the lack of sanitation in our kitchen, and how we would SO fail if a restaurant inspector from the health department ever showed up at our door demanding a tour. Nobody's died, or gotten food poisoning, and we do wash surfaces down pretty regularly.
But whenever we employ the 5 second rule (AGAIN), or find a curdled sippy cup in some ridiculously random place, or a pennicillin forest on a leftover in the back of the fridge, we look at each other, shrug, and say, "This is not a licensed establishment!"
Yesterday, however, I may have sunk to a new low. I was getting ready to cook some rice. I had the dry rice in the pan of my rice cooker, ready to rinse. (Ladies, if you do not yet have a rice cooker, but eat rice more than three times a month, GO get yourself one. You'll love it. I'll never be without one again.)
Anyway, I set the rice pan down in the sink and turned the water on. While the pan filled, I noticed a droopy plant next to the sink. I thought while I had the water running (multitasking Mary), I'd just give that poor plant a drink. I picked it up, held it under the faucet for a sec, and set it back down next to the sink.
Then I looked down. There were black flecks floating in my rice. DIRT. I'd held the plant right over the top of the rice pan and hadn't even thought about the possiblity of slosh. Which it had. Duh.
Hmm... 6 cups of rice and a teaspoon of dirt. 'Seems a shame to toss it', whispered the spirit of my frugal grandmother in my head. Especially since the dirt is.... rising to the top. Floating! Aha! Five second rule! I rinsed and dumped, rinsed and dumped, till dirt was no longer visible to the naked eye. I figured since it was going to be cooked anyway, all remaining germs would be killed.
We had the rice for dinner. It was fine. We're fine. But it was definitely a whole new way to make 'Dirty Rice', one I plan on avoiding in the future.
This is not a licensed establishment.