It is fun to try different recipes and experiment with cooking styles and flavours. However, keep in mind that there are a few basic food preparation tips that can keep you and your family healthy while enjoying the spirit of grilling.
FOOD SAFETY TIPS:
- Using marinades, rubs or injections is a quick way to your guests’ taste buds. Pour a small amount into a separate bowl for immediate use to inject or baste, this way no bacteria is transferred. If you’re injecting a couple different kinds of meats, be sure to thoroughly clean the needle between uses.
- Any marinades that have touched the meat are not safe to use as a sauce until brought to a boil and simmered for at least 5 minutes.
- To safely avoid the presence of serious bacteria, cook hamburgers until well done. If well done does not suit your taste, be sure to use a quality meat thermometer to make sure that all meats come to the correct internal temperature before removing them from the grill.
- Use different platters and utensils for transferring raw and cooked food. This will prevent cross contamination of bacteria.
- Always use a different knife and cutting board for slicing raw meat and vegetables. Use a plastic or non-porous cutting board for meats to be even more safe.
- Always wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water before handling any food and after handling raw meat and fish.
- Food should be thawed in the refrigerator, so remember to pull it out the night before. If you are marinating it, remember to pull it out the day before it goes into the marinade. Anything in a sealed package can be thawed in cold water.
- Do not leave food out at room temperature for more than 2 hours. On hot days, no more than 1 hour.