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Summer = Grilling.  Get outside and enjoy cooking and eating barbecues, potato salad, ice cream and more.

With the summer upon us, grilling season celebrates the start of the family get-togethers, beach days, picnics, fireworks and barbeques that the warmer weather will bring.

A few food safety tips to ensure a healthy, happy grilling season:
*  Don’t leave perishable food out at room temperature for more than two hours.  If you’re having a party that will go longer than that, be sure to refrigerate cooked leftovers immediately, leaving foods like pretzels or tortilla chips out for guests to graze on.
*Make sure to keep marinades, sauces, utensils and tools separate for raw and cooked meat.  If you want to reuse a sauce or marinade once the meat is cooked, boil it first.
*When grilling, preheat the coals for 20-30 minutes, or until they are coated in ash.  Use a meat thermometer to check food temperatures:  160 degreees is safe for hamburgers and red meat; 165 for ground poultry.  Poultry breast should reach 170 degrees; dark meat such as wings and thighs, 180.

source:, May 2011

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