Food poisoning cases are always present around this time of year and a spike in cases occurs after summer holidays. If you plan on grilling hamburgers, remember to not just look at the inside of the meat to tell if the meat is safe to eat. A thermometer is the best and most reliable way of determining if the meat is safe to eat. Even a recent study by the Food and Drug Administration, shows that only 23% of those who own a food thermometer use it when cooking burgers.
Next time you grill try following these simple steps to make sure your family remains safe from food poisoning:
Clean: Make sure you clean all surfaces on the counter and your grill, utensils, and hands with soap and water.
Separate: Always use separate plates and utensils for raw meat and cooked meat. Also use separate plates and utensils for ready-to-eat foods, such as raw vegetables to avoid cross-contamination.
Cook: Cook your food to the right and recommended temperature by using a food thermometer. This is the only way to know your meat is cooked at a safe temperature. Remember, burgers should be cooked to 160°F.
Chill: Chill raw and prepared foods promptly if not consuming after cooking in a refrigerator. You shouldn’t leave cooked or raw food at room temperature for longer than two hours (or 1 hour if outdoor temperatures are above 90° F). If you’re away from home, make sure you bring a cooler to store your leftovers.
This article is written by The Shopping Bug at Google +