I got my Food Handler’s Permit the other day. The Salt Lake County Health Department is, or has and we just were not in compliance, all convenience store employees to have one if they prepare food on the premises. You know those hot dogs that have been sitting on the roller grill all day? Yeah, that’s what we prepare.
Anyway, my first career with Free Wheeler Pizza required me to get a new permit every 2 years, for the 15 years I was in the biz. So I’ve been through the classes a few times. They never were really hard, you listen to someone talk for a couple hours and then take a test that is 95% common sense, pay your money and walk out prepared to play with people’s food. Thanks to technology, it’s even easier now.
I took the course and test online. Not only do I get to go through the whole thing in the comfort of my own home, but there’s nobody here to tell me I can’t enjoy a little drink along the way. So, of course, I did. I went through the course, answering the questions at the end of each section, amazed at some of the choices for answers. (See pictures below, click on them to get a better view.) It took me a little over an hour, and a couple of glasses. The test took just under seven minutes for 30 questions and I got all but one of them correct. I messed up on the temperature you are supposed to keep the hot buffet table (155 degrees), giving me a 96.7% on a test you only need 70% to pass.
It cost $6 more to take it online that if I went to the class, but worth it considering I didn’t have to take it at a given time when they offered it, I got to take it in my skivvies and with a little libation to help me through it. Overall, six bucks well spent.