Are you having fun with this hot weather so far? Having more family/friends gathering to plan for? How is it possible all these get-together things not involved FOOD, right?
DO keep in mind, when we have fun, we want to put FOOD SAFETY first. Bacteria love warm and moisture, with the optimal heat in summer, the risk of food poisoning creeping up. With a little practice of food safety, you could save yourself from hospital visits.
Here’s some outdoor food safety tips:
Nothing new here: Wash hands OFTEN!
Store food items in insulated cooler.
Place cooler under the shade, away from direct sunlight.
Pack cooler full as it helps to maintain its cold temperature.
Avoid open cooler repeatedly.
Store raw from ready-to-serve/eat food items separately.
Separate cutting boards and utensils for raw meat and ready-to-serve items.
Temperature! Temperature! Temperature!
Store cold items at 40 °F or colder.
Remember use thermometer! Food that appears to be cooked does not necessary to be safe to eat YET. Cook meats and poultry to their safe minimum internal temperatures.
Beef, Pork, Lamb, & Veal (steaks, roasts, and chops): 145 °F with a 3 minute rest time
Fish: 145 °F
Ground meats, hamburgers: 160 °F
Whole poultry, poultry breasts, & ground poultry: 165 °F
Keep hot food items at 140 °F or above. Remember: do not leave food outside in the hot weather (90 °F or above) for more than one hour. Tip: Cook your food in batches to avoid the risk of food poisoning from holding food at improper temperature and too long. By doing some, it could also help you to reduce food waste.
As long as you follow the steps, you are most probably going to stay fun for your summer outdoor parties.
Hey, one last thing here, I found you a perfect recipe to try this July, the grilled honey sriracha chicken thighs! A mouthwatering recipe which has the perfect blend of sweet and spicy. Hope you enjoy the recipe! Bon Appétit!
Grilled Honey Sriracha Chicken Thighs
Author: Krista @ JoyfulHealthyEats.com
Prep Time: 5 mins Cook Time: 35 mins Total Time: 40 mins
2.5 lbs Chicken Thighs
3 Tablespoons unsalted butter
1 Tablespoon minced fresh ginger
2 garlic cloves, minced
¼ teaspoon smoked paprika
¼ teaspoon ground cloves
4 Tablespoons honey
6 Tablespoons Sriracha
1 Tablespoon lime juice
Heat grill to medium high heat, about 400 °F
In a small saucepan, add butter. Once melted add in fresh ginger and garlic. Stir until fragrant, about 1 minute.
Add in smoked paprika, ground cloves, honey, Sriracha and lime juice. Stir to combine and let simmer for 4-5 minutes.
Pat chicken thighs dry. Season with salt and pepper on both sides.
Spray grill grates with cooking spray or rub with olive oil soaked rag.
Place chicken thighs on grill, skin side down first. Grill for 4-5 minutes. Flip the chicken over and grill on the other side for 4-5 minutes.
Continue to cook chicken, flipping every 3-4 minutes. This step could help to prevent burn on the outside of chicken. Cook chicken to internal temperature of 165 °F. (approximately 25-30 minutes)
During the last 5 minutes of grilling brush the glaze on both sides of the chicken.
Remove from grill.
Serving Size: 1 thigh
Calories: 477 kcal, Carbohydrate: 32g, Fat: 23g, Protein: 35g, Sodium: 477 mg
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