Did you know? Some Good Tips for cooking outdoors…

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It’s a summer pleasure to head to an outdoor picnic area, enjoy grilling , sitting around easy meals to share  even if we swelter in hot, very hot temperature..like today.

I recently watched a program about outdoor meals safety tips, just  some simple precautionary measures to use (ref.USDA).

  • Mayonnaise , cold salads  and other cold fares.

The problem is not the mayo because it is pasteurized  but the food that goes with it can develop bacteria. Keep it cool no more than an hour outside.  Keep the salad loosely covered when on the table.

  • Grilling :

You  should not rinse meat ( like chicken breasts) because washing could splash some more  bacteria around.

Make sure your hamburgers are grilled inside even if they look great outside. Your best bet is an internal temperature of 160F  or 71 Celsius.Just check the doneness, if you press down on the center of the hamburger  or pinch with a fork some clear liquids will appear.

  • Charred meats:

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We all love the taste of a good grilled steak with some charred parts yet it is an health risk.

To avoid charring cut off fat from pork loin or steaks before grilling and if you get some charred parts, leave it out.

  • Public grilling:

Public grills are safe to you use if, before grilling,   you let the charcoal strongly heat up the griddle and then brush off any residue. A good grilling temperature is when you cannot hold your hand one inch above the grill for more than 2 seconds.

  • Leftovers

Always cover with plastic wraps or even better always transfer to a container with lid.

On the contrary of many myths, hot leftovers can go immediately  into the refrigerator and should not be left out on the counter more than two hours!!

After all these food rules, it comes down to simple tips:

Keep hot food hot, keep cold food cold, keep it covered , stay cool and enjoy your  summer!!!……

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