When cooking food for family or friends at a BBQ, you always want to consider food safety. If you know how to handle preparation and possible dangers, you can keep everyone healthy and happy. A BBQ is supposed to be fun, after all! Your goal is to stop bacteria from multiplying before you start grilling.
Here are 8 tips on how to grill safely:
1. Separate Packages of Raw Meat – When you purchase meat, chicken or seafood, keep them in individual bags to avoid early cross-contamination.
2. Refrigerate / Chill – Take the meat out of the refrigerator when ready to grill.
3. Defrosting / Marinating – Since germs can multiply at room temperature, only thaw and marinate food safely in the refrigerator, cold water or microwave.
4. Cleaning – Make sure to thoroughly wash your hands, work surfaces, tools, and grill before and after cooking. If you use a wire bristle brush to clean, be careful of any bristles that may be stuck on the grill.
5. Avoid Cross-Contamination – Make sure fresh and raw food don't touch each other.
6. Use a Food Thermometer – Helpful in determining if meat is cooked enough.
7. Plating – Place grilled food on a new plate instead of the plate used when they are raw.
8. Leftovers – If cooked meat has been out for two hours, throw it in the garbage. If not, cover it and put it in the fridge.
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