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Grilling to Perfection

Food Fitness to Nourish Your Body

Cookouts are fun but can carry a hint of danger in the form of food poisoning if we do not follow safe grilling practices.

BBQ Grill

Following are some tips you should make habits for cooking out and you will no longer need to worry about preparing an "unhealthy" meal!

Keeping Your Meal Safe

Before you begin to cook or eat, wash your hands for at least 20 seconds. Whenever you switch tasks, wash them again to avoid cross-contamination.

Always use one cutting board for raw meat, poultry and fish preparation and a separate one for other food preparation, such as slicing vegetables. Mark or color-code your boards to remember their purpose.

When marinating raw meat, poultry or fish do so on the bottom shelf of the refrigerator, never at room temperature. Your refrigerator thermometer should read below 40-degrees.

Boil marinades for at least three minutes before you use them for basting on the grill. Keep just-grilled foods on a separate plate from the one you had raw meat on. Try this: use a red plate for raw and a green plate for cooked. Use separate utensils as well.

When threading skewers, leave a small space between meat, poultry or fish pieces to allow for even cooking of each piece.

Do not leave uncooked meat, poultry or fish out at room temperature for more than two hours or outside in the sun for more than one hour. If you have any cooked leftovers, refrigerate them right away.

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