Dirty Secrets Restaurants Don't Want You to Know

When you're dining out, you shouldn't have to worry about putting your health at risk. But certain restaurant violations and food choices could be doing just that. Learn the secrets restaurants keep that could be making you sick and the small changes you can make to protect yourself.


Secret: The serving tray is filthy.

Secret: The serving tray is filthy.

Busy restaurant workers don’t have time to clean a tray. If they do clean it, they are often using the same dirty cloth to wipe them all clean. All that’s doing is spreading the germs around!

Solution: Ask for your fast food in a take-out bag! If you need a tray, use anti-bacterial wipes to clean it off. Then you can use your napkin as a table cloth – this tip is especially good for little kids who usually eat their food right off the tray.

3 Dos & Don'ts for Microwaving Popcorn

Microwave guru chef Matt Abdoo has his three tips for making the best, fluffiest and perfectly cooked popcorn.

Microwave popcorn is one of the best snacks! But sometimes it's difficult to get that perfect bowl. So microwave guru chef Matt Abdoo has his three tips for making the best, fluffiest and perfectly cooked popcorn.

DON'T USE THE POPCORN BUTTON

As tempting and easy as it may be, don't fall for the "Popcorn" button on your microwave. Not all microwaves are made the same, so they won't cook your bag the same way either. And there's no sensor to determine when the bag is ready, so it'll just keep cooking your popcorn until the set amount of time finishes.

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