Food just seems to taste better when you cook and eat it outside! If you love grilling, you are not alone. This popular activity is at its peak in the summer, and it’s important to do it safely – with food safety, that is.
Your food-safe journey starts at the grocery store. Put your cold food in your cart last, including meat, fish and poultry. Be sure to keep these separate from your other food by putting them in an extra plastic bag and placing them on the bottom shelf of your shopping cart. This prevents cross-contamination, which occurs when raw meat juice touches other food.
Head straight home from the store. If you’re shopping on an especially hot day or you think you might make a stop on the way, take a cooler and ice with you to store the meat, fish and poultry.
Once home, put meats in your refrigerator right away; separate them from other foods. If you won’t be cooking them within 2 days, freeze them.
When you are ready to grill, food safety experts recommend the following, adapted from www.foodsafety.gov and www.fightbac.org.
As seen in the Fort Collins Coloradoan
Melissa Wdowik, PhD, RDN, LDN, FAND
is a nutrition educator with over 20 years experience as a college professor, nutrition coach, presenter and writer, as well as a nutrition consultant and founding director of the Kendall Reagan Nutrition Center.