Gordon Ramsay is Shocked to Find Rat Droppings in This Kitchen
On this episode of “Kitchen Nightmares,” Celebrity Chef Gordon Ramsay is disgusted by a filthy kitchen covered in mold and rat droppings.
When we eat at restaurants, we are putting our health and safety into the hands of the chefs and other staff members. This means the restaurant needs their kitchen and any other area where food is being prepared to be spotless. Learning your food was being cooked alongside rat droppings and filth would be horrifying, but that’s exactly what happened on this episode of “Kitchen Nightmares.” While uncovering rat droppings in an already dirty kitchen certainly sounds like something out of a bad dream or horror film, this became a reality for Chef Gordon Ramsay when he visited this family restaurant. The state of this kitchen is so shocking you’ll have to see it to believe it. Check out the clip below.
Thankfully, kitchens like the one in the above clip are not the norm. This kitchen was neglected for a long time, and the restaurant staff even confirmed that cleanliness was not a top priority. But if you’re feeling nervous about rodents or pests sneaking into your own kitchen, here are some tips that will keep any unwanted critters far away.
- Put food away as soon as you are done serving or eating it. It only takes a few hours for pests to assemble when dishes are left out.
- Similarly, avoid leaving pet food out for too long, and change out their water frequently to keep it fresh. (Plus, pets that are not free fed are less likely to face health complications caused by obesity, so this tip has many benefits!)
- Don’t let used dishes pile up in the sink. It’s unpleasant to look at and the crumbs can attract pests. Plus, washing your dishes as you go means you never get stuck washing dishes for more than a couple minutes at a time.
- Keep your non-perishable food items and leftovers tightly sealed with saran wrap, tupperware, bag clips and ziploc bags. Airtight containers are always recommended to maintain freshness. Pay extra attention to items that sometimes have difficulty staying sealed in their original packaging, such as sugar, flour and cereal boxes.
- Use liners in your trashcan, take out the trash frequently, and make sure your trashcan has a lid. Not only will this prevent pests, but it will also keep your kitchen smelling fresh! If you can, throw food scraps away outside and avoid throwing leftovers away inside whatsoever.
- Keep your kitchen clean. Wipe down surfaces daily, and regularly sweep and vacuum. Don’t forget to clean the small cracks and crevices where rogue crumbs or spills could be attracting pests or rodents.
- Clean out your refrigerator and pantry at least once a week. During this process, clean any spills or messes, and dispose of old or moldy food you won’t be eating.
- Rodents and pests are attracted to liquids. Like us, they need to stay hydrated to survive. Therefore, it’s important to clean up any spills immediately, even if it’s just water. In addition, fix any leaky faucets that may be supplying a water source for pests.
- Install a door sweep, which will seal the gap between the ground and your door and make it harder for tiny pests to sneak inside. As an added bonus, door sweeps help insulate your home so you’ll save money on heating and air conditioning. You’ll also want to seal any small holes you come across in your walls or cabinets.
- Keep pests away naturally. Many people swear by keeping bay leaves and mint tea bags in their pantries. Pests, such as ants and mice, are deterred by the scent of mint, and many bugs hate the aroma of bay leaves.
- Keep an eye out for signs that you may have a pest or rodent infestation, such as chewed through bags or random bugs in your pantry supplies. If you suspect you have some unwanted critters, call an exterminator for help right away. It’s much easier to prevent or stop an early infestation than a full fledged infestation.