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Food Safety & Having a BBQ

Food Safety & having a BBQ!

So a quick reminder:

  • If your barbecue has been sitting out in the garden and it’s been a while since you used it, inspect and clean it before turning it on. When you turn it on put it at a high temperature (if using gas) to ‘burn off’ any bugs or other things which might be there.
  • If you use charcoal make sure it is hot….grey colour with red tinge!
  • Store raw meat and fish in the fridge before using it.
  • Marinades are a popular way to flavour food at a BBQ. Do not reuse a sauce or marinade, which has already been put on raw meat, with cooked or ready to eat food.
  • Turn your meat regularly on the grill and move it around to make sure it’s evenly cooked on all sides. Make sure you cook all the way through, especially for burgers, sausages and pork items…… Remember that charred on the outside doesn't always mean cooked on the inside.
  • Use separate utensils when moving from raw meat to cooked food
  • Wash hands regularly.
  • Don’t leave cooked food or ready to eat foods like coleslaw, salads, desserts out for too long. Keep to the 2 hour rule (for food out of the fridge) and return items to the fridge or put in the bin. Remember its not always the BBQ meats that cause the problems!

Stay safe and enjoy the rest of the Summer.


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