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.
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.
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 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.
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!!!……