It’s picnic time! Many folks will be outdoors this weekend waiting to watch the skies light up, as burgers and dogs and steaks and every possible cut of meat, fish, vegetable, and even fruit finds a place on the grill.
Warm weather and outdoor cooking is a match that just makes sense. Picnics, backyard barbecues, tailgating … many of us get giddy just thinking about them. (Don’t even get me started with ice cream and popsicles.) We know lots of you have fun outdoor things planned this weekend. And we love ya, so we want you to enjoy and be safe. Which brings us to this week’s topic:
Do you have any outdoor food safety tips to share?
Nanci’s dad is a food safety expert, so we tapped him for his top suggestions. These may be basic to some, but they’re still good reminders.
1. Don’t baste with marinade that’s been used to marinate raw meat, at least for the last few minutes of cooking.
2. Refrigerate leftovers quickly. Don’t leave them sitting out for hours.
3. Wash the outside of melons very well before cutting, so your knife doesn’t drag any nasty germs into the melon flesh. (TK member Terri mentions this too.)
Now let’s hear from you. Share your tips below so we can all be safe this weekend! (And if you have a story to share to drive home your point, you know we want to hear that too.)