It’s grilling season! When planning your next outdoor menu (see kebobs recipe below!), one item you’ll definitely want to leave off the plate is foodborne illness—here’s how:
- Wash everything – Before and after cooking, wash all indoor and outdoor surfaces that will come into contact with food. Be especially careful to wash everything that comes into contact with raw meat or poultry and wash your hands often to prevent contamination.
Marinate safely – If you plan on marinating raw meat, do so in a covered container in a refrigerator, not on the counter. This decreases the risk of bacteria.
- Keep everything covered – Cover all food with tin foil while outside. This keeps insects or bacteria from landing on and contaminating your food.
- Keep hot foods hot – Grilled food that is finished cooking can be kept hot until serving by moving it to the side of the grill rack. This keeps the food from overcooking and prevents bacteria from forming.