Summer is the time of year that the grills come out and people enjoy cooking outside. Grilling is a great way to make extra delicious food in a super healthy way, but it comes with its own set of unique food safety challenges. Make sure you follow these rules to keep everything food safe!
Use separate utensils and plates for raw and cooked food
After carrying raw food out to the grill, make sure you place the dirty plate in the sink or dishwasher to be sanitized before it is reused. A separate clean plate should be used to transport the food back inside once it has been cooked. Never reuse the same plate unless it has been properly cleaned in between. Once the food has been cooked, thoroughly wash your tongs or utensils or use different ones for serving cooked food.
Keep cold foods at the proper temperature
Food can quickly spoil when they’re outside in the sun. Be sure your grill is hot and ready before bringing food outside to be cooked. Raw food should go directly on the grill once it’s been brought outside.
Use a thermometer
You may think you know what “done” looks like, but sometimes in the outdoor lighting it can be hard to tell. Use a food thermometer to check that foods are at the proper temperature before they come off the grill, and give them the correct amount of time to rest before cutting and serving. You can view a chart of temperatures and resting times here.
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