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How to Grill Safely

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Food poisoning peaks in the summer months when warmer temperatures cause food-borne germs to flourish. Follow these steps for a safe and enjoyable grilling season.

 

Separate

              When shopping, pick up meat, poultry, and seafood last, right before checkout. Separate them from other food in your shopping cart and grocery bags. To guard against cross-contamination, put packages of raw meat and poultry into individual plastic bags.

 

Chill

              Keep meat, poultry, and seafood refrigerated until ready to grill. When transporting, keep below 40o F in an insulated cooler.

 

Clean

              Wash your hands with soap before and after handling raw meat, poultry, and seafood. Wash work surfaces, utensils, and the grill before and after cooking.

 

Check your grill and tools

              Use a moist cloth or paper towel to clean the grill surface before cooking. If you use a wire bristle brush, thoroughly inspect the grill’s surface before cooking. Wire bristles from grill cleaning brushes may dislodge and stick into food on the grill.

 

Don’t cross-contaminate

              Throw out marinades and sauces that have touched raw meat juices, which can spread germs to cooked foods. Use clean utensils and a clean plate to remove cooked meat from the grill.

 

Cook

              Use a food thermometer to ensure meat is cooked hot enough to kill harmful germs. When smoking, keep temperatures inside the smoker at 225oF to 300oF to keep meat a safe temperature while it cooks.

  • 145oF – whole cuts of beef, pork, lamb, and veal (stand-time of 3 minutes at this temperature.
  • 145oF – fish
  • 160oF – hamburgers and other ground beef
  • 165oF – all poultry and pre-cooked meats, like hot dogs

 

After Grilling:

  • 140oF or warmer – until it’s served

 

Refrigerate

              Divide leftovers into small portions and place in covered, shallow containers. Put in freezer or fridge within two hours of cooking (one hour if above 90oF o

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