Memorial Day is fast approaching and I’m working on menus for the weekend’s gatherings. A small group of adults on Friday night and then a multi-family gathering on Sunday are on my list to prepare for.
I’ve always followed the adage that it’s better to have too much food than to run short. But I would like to get as close as possible on food, drink, paper goods and other essentials.
I came across some great advice and guidelines on the website Delish. Read more…
The official kick-off of summer is a great time to remind you about food safety as well. As you fire up the grill and dine al fresco, following these tips will keep you and your fellow celebrators happy and healthy.
- Make sure foods don’t spend more than one hour sitting out when the temperature is above 90 degrees, or two hours when temperatures are below that. Bacteria grows faster in warm temperatures.
- Wash hands, cutting boards, utensils and countertops.
- Keep raw meat, poultry, and seafood separate from ready-to-eat foods.
- Use a food thermometer to ensure foods are cooked to a safe internal temperature: 145 degrees for whole meats (allowing the meat to rest for 3 minutes before carving or consuming), 160 degrees for ground meats, and 165 degrees for poultry.
- When transporting food, remember that harmful bacteria can grow when prepared food falls between temperatures of 40 and 140 degrees; perishable food transported without an ice or heat source won’t stay safe long.
- Always supervise a barbecue grill when in use. Position the grill well away from siding, deck railings and out from under eaves and overhanging branches. Keep children and pets far away from grills: declare a three-foot “safe zone” around the grill.
- With charcoal grills, only use charcoal starter fluids designed for barbecue grills and do not add fluid after coals have been lit.
- With gas grills, be sure that the hose connection is tight and check hoses carefully for leaks. Applying soapy water to the hoses will easily and safely reveal any leaks. If you detect a leak, immediately turn off the gas and don’t light the grill.
- Keep grill clean and remove grease or fat buildup in trays below the grill so it cannot be accidentally ignited.
- Propane and charcoal grills must only be used outdoors.
And finally, here is a handy chart from beefitswhatsfordinner.com to refer to when you throw that delicious ribeye on the grill.