Summer time often means moving our cooking outdoors! Here are a few tips to keep those summer cook outs safe and delicious:
- Keep your grill clean by scrubbing it before and after each use. Avoid using a wire brush, which may lose bristles on the grill and find their way into your food.
- Marinate meat and poultry to help reduce carcinogens that form when they cook on the grill
- Turn meat over at the right time so it doesn’t char and it flips easy without sticking. Move meat away from flare ups
- Cut off charred or burnt portions of grilled food. The more char there is, the more cancer-causing compounds there are
- Cook ground beef to 160°, red meats to 145°, pork to 160° and poultry to 165° to kill E. Coli bacteria
- The faster foods are cooked, the less likely they are to char
- Cut meat in uniform size pieces. Smaller pieces cook quicker
- Try grilled pizza as a main dish, or grilled vegetables as a side dish, and grilled fruit as dessert!
Source: St. John Faith and Health, May-June 2017