Christeena Haynes, MS, RD, LD, former Nutrition and Health Education Specialist, Dallas County, University of Missouri Extension
During the summer, many people enjoy cookouts with family and friends as a way to celebrate special occasions or unwind from a stressful week. Follow these guidelines for safe grilling.
- Buy ground meat and poultry no longer than one to two days before you are planning to grill. If it is going to be longer, freeze them. Larger cuts of meat, like steaks, should be grilled or frozen within four days of purchase.
- Thaw frozen meat in the refrigerator or microwave before grilling. Meat thawed in the microwave must be cooked immediately. Food should never be thawed on the counter.
- Marinate meat and poultry in the refrigerator. During grilling, avoid brushing the food with the marinade that touched the raw meat…
For the complete list of tips on preparing, transporting and grilling foods safely, see the full version of this article at http://missourifamilies.org/features/foodsafetyarticles/fdsfty78.htm