We all love a good barbecue = delicious food best cooked and served outdoor with friends and loved ones. However, just like any form of cooking, it is important that we follow good food preparation practices. It is common knowledge that in these sterile times, a lot of stomachs cannot handle a rough and ready approach to food hygiene.
But don’t think that barbecue preparation is that hard. Actually, it’s just all about following a few basic rules to make sure that your guests will go home feeling pleasantly satisfied and safe.
Here are some helpful tips:
First on the list when it comes to barbecuing safely is that you must keep all your perishables in the fridge until they are ready to serve. Placing them out in the open or on your grilling rack over a period of time is not a good idea.
Next, remember to thaw all frozen meat thoroughly before you putting it on the grill, or else it may appear to be cooked on the outside but actually raw on the inside.
Of course, when it comes to cooking, washing your hands before handling food is a must! This is quite basic in fact. Washing hands can avoid any cross-contamination. Always, always keep in mind especially when handling raw meat or fish to wash your hands before touching ready-to-eat foods.
In addition, never put ready-to-eat foods on plates that have been used to hold raw meat or fish. Same thing goes for the utensils in both raw and ready-to-eat foods. For extra safety, make sure that all meat products are cooked throughout. This includes chicken, pork, sausages and burger patties.
Lastly, never leave your food out in direct sunlight for more than 2 hours. If you are not certain about the length of time of exposure, it’s better to just throw away leftovers.
Eating outdoors with great company is simply heavenly, so don’t let anything ruin this wonderful experience by following these simple steps to ensure that you barbecue safely!