Summer Food Safety

barbecueSummer is always a good time to eat outdoors. As we all get ready to plan and prepare for our outdoor summer events, remember to keep safe. Here are some tips you might find useful:

The Right Temperature

Keep hot foods hot and cold foods cold

Foods should not be kept between 40-140 degrees Fahrenheit, as this is considered the "danger zone".

Do not let left over foods sit outside for a long time. Indoors, not more than 2 hours. Outdoors, not more than an hour.

When packing foods, remember that they have to maintain the appropriate temperature so they would not spoil. Pack in such a way that foods will retain the appropriate temperature especially when traveling some distance.

When grilling your favorite meat, always use a meat thermometer so you can check if meats are cooked inside. An internal temperature hamburger is 160 degrees, while it is 170 for chicken.

Avoid Cross-Contamination

It is important to always wash your hands before and after handling different kinds of meat.

Clean surfaces well in between preparations of meats, chicken fruits and vegetables.

When cooking outside, or away from your kitchen, do not forget to bring wipes to keep hands and surfaces clean.