You finally have a night off and are hosting a summer BBQ for your closest friends. Your friends have a great day at the party, but the next day you find out nearly everyone who ate the hot dogs has been ill all morning. You begin to feel terrible when you realize you used the same cooking utensils for both the raw and cooked meat. If you had been aware of the guidelines for BBQing in summer, you could have avoided this unfortunate situation!
Here is how you can keep your food safe during summer:
- Save the cold foods for the end of your shopping trip, and make sure they get back into a refrigerator at your earliest convenience.
- Thaw your meat all of the way through, and only do this using a microwave if you plan to cook it directly after.
- Never marinate your food on the kitchen counter. Marinate in the refrigerator or in cold water only.
- Don’t cross-contaminate surfaces. Never use the same utensils or platters on both raw and cooked meat.
- Always cook your meats completely and know that there are different target internal temperatures based on what type of meat you are cooking.
- Make sure you never reheat food to a temperature less than 165° F.
- If food has been left out longer than two hours, it is time to throw it out.
These are just a few ideas of how to keep you and yours healthy during your summer BBQs!
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