Grilling Food Safely

May 31, 2016 12:00 PM

Grilling food is a benefit of warm summer weather and Memorial Day often kicks off the barbecue season. Whether you use gas, charcoal, or seasoned wood, grilling adds a taste to food that few of us can resist. Cooking meats and seafood require special handling, whether you do it indoors or out. Here are a few tips to help ensure your grilled food is safe:

  • Prepare food properly, keeping raw meats and seafood away from other food products when raw. Marinate food in the refrigerator and never on the counter or outdoors. If the marinade is also a sauce, reserve some in advance, don’t use marinade that has not been thoroughly cooked as a sauce if it has touched raw meat or seafood.
  • Wash hands after handling raw food.
  • Cook food thoroughly and use a food thermometer. If you partially pre-cook food to cut the grilling time, do the partial cooking immediately before the grilling so bacteria do not thrive.
  • Keep hot food hot by moving it to the cooler side of the grill or placing in an insulated container.Wash any plates or utensils that have touched raw meat or seafood with hot soapy water. Simple rinsing will not kill the bacteria found in raw food.

Protect yourself and your family from food-borne illness this holiday weekend. Drive safely, drink alcohol wisely and remember to have fun.


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