Barbecuing Safely

Warmer weather means it’s time to break out the barbecue. There’s nothing quite like cooking outdoors and sharing with friends and family. But it’s important to barbecue safely so here are just a few tips to help avoid any issues.

  1. Keep your food in the refrigerator until you need it. Don’t leave food outdoors, uncovered for prolonged periods.
  2. Always wash your hands thoroughly before handling any food. Be aware of raw meat and fish and never cross contaminate with ready-to-eat foods such as salads.
  3. Make certain that all frozen meat is thoroughly defrosted before you cook it on the barbecue otherwise you may find it looks cooked on the outside but is completely raw in the middle.
  4. Always bring your barbecue up to temperature before cooking your meat and be sure to turn over to thoroughly cook through.
  5. Keep ready-to-eat foods and meats apart to avoid getting meat juice onto other foods.
  6. Try to situate your barbecue in a shady spot so that food is not left out in the sun.
  7. Always make certain that your barbecue is on a level, stable surface and is not likely to cause hazards to people or animals.
  8. Be aware that alcohol consumption and hot barbecues can be dangerous. Don’t let drunk people do any cooking.

By taking a few basic barbecue precautions you can be confident that your alfresco dining and entertaining will be memorable for all the right reasons.

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