barbeque food safety tips
Barbeques can quickly turn dangerous without safe food handling and preparation techniques. As the mercury rises, food-borne bacteria quickly multiply, spoiling food and causing illness.
Did you know?The presence of mayonnaise in summer salads and coleslaws actually contributes to the products safety. Why? The high acidity of mayonnaise protects against bacterial growth and the potential for food poisoning.
To stay safe, Reser’s food safety expert Steve Loehndorf advises:
- Follow the 3-C’s. Keep products Clean, Cold, and Covered. Use clean serving dishes and utensils, keep products in coolers or on ice whenever possible, and protect against exposure to insects and direct sunlight.
- Transport food in the passenger area of your car. The trunk of a car can reach a sweltering 150 degrees F, so transport coolers in the passenger area of your car.
- Keep your cool. Put a blanket over the cooler and place it in the shade to maintain cold temperatures. Minimize the number of times you open the lid by placing beverages in a separate container.
- Wash your hands. If the site does not have hand washing facilities, play it smart and pack moist towelettes.