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Memorial Day Cook-Out Tips

Memorial Day Cook-Out Tips
News from Patch.com:

Nothing rings in the summer months better than barbecue, especially here in Southern California. 

And with the arrival of Memorial Day, that means more cooking outdoors. It is is important to follow food safety guidelines to prevent harmful bacteria from multiplying and causing foodborne illness. Use these simple guidelines for grilling food safely provided by the United States Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service.

From the Store: Home First

When shopping, buy cold food like meat and poultry last, right before checkout. Separate raw meat and poultry from other food in your shopping cart. To guard against cross-contamination — which can happen when raw meat or poultry juices drip on other food — put packages of raw meat and poultry into plastic bags.

Plan to drive directly home from the grocery store. You may want to take a cooler with ice for perishables. Always refrigerate perishable food within 2 hours. Refrigerate within 1 hour when the temperature is above 90 °F.

At home, place meat and poultry in the refrigerator immediately. Freeze poultry and ground meat that won’t be used in one or two days; freeze other meat within four to five days.

Thaw Safely

Completely thaw meat and poultry before grilling so it cooks more evenl…………… continues on Patch.com

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