Hopefully you’ve had several chances to grill out this summer. With a long weekend ahead, it’s common for people to grill. As you head out to grill, it’s important to keep grilling safety in mind. Follow these simple tips to ensure safe and healthy grilling:
- Make sure that the grill is cleaned before every use.
- Get the grill hot and ready before putting any food on it.
- Be sure all food, whether cooked or raw, is handled properly to avoid illness.
- Have a meat thermometer to ensure that you are properly cooking meats to kill bacteria (measure the temperature in the thickest part of the meat). Rule of thumb: when food has an internal temperature of 165, bacteria is killed.
- Wash your hands regularly when working with raw meats, it takes about 1 minute.
- Keep meats cool and covered until you put them on the grill.
- Avoid eating items that have been charred as it may contain cancer causing substances.
- Be sure to keep separate plates for raw meats and cooked meats to avoid cross contamination.
- Wash utensils regularly; don’t use the same cooking utensils on raw meats and cooked meats without cleaning them with soap and water first.
- There should be no sign of pinkness when cutting into a cooked piece of chicken, turkey, pork or bratwurst.
- If you don’t trust it, don’t serve it or eat it.
Keeping these things in mind can ensure that everyone has a fun and safe grilling season!