The unofficial start of summer is this weekend and with that comes the usual plans for picnics and barbecues. If outdoor cooking is on your agenda make sure you take some time to put food safety into your plans.
Pack your picnic of barbecue items carefully so that raw foods are separate from cooked foods and make sure all meat, fish, poultry and dairy foods – whether cooked or raw – are stored below 40 degree Fahrenheit. Make sure you wash your hands and any surfaces before and after handling food.
When grilling outside remember, before placing any food on the grill to clean it well with warm, soapy water. Keep raw meat, fish and poultry chilled below 40 degrees Fahrenheit until the grill is hot and ready for the meat.
Another important food safety tip for outside dining is to pack all leftovers within one hour after removing from the refrigerator. For more food safety tips visit – www.homefoodsafety.org