Learn how to keep your 4th of July cookout safe in this Fareway Cooking Segment

Learn how to keep your 4th of July cookout safe in this Fareway Cooking Segment
Published: Jul. 2, 2022 at 10:24 AM CDT
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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG) - Whitney Hemmer shares tips on how to safely prepare your 4th of July cookout in this Fareway Cooking Segment.

We all know the basics of a healthy barbecue: choose lean meats, avoid mayo-based sides, and yes, liquid calories do count. But what about keeping those foods safe? Whether you’re entertaining a group or dining solo, practice the basic four rules of food safety.

Clean

Wash your hands, utensils and surfaces frequently to stop the spread of germs.

Separate

Keep raw meat separate from ready-to-eat foods in the refrigerator. Store raw meat at or near the bottom of your refrigerator, if possible, in case a package leaks. When preparing food, use separate cutting boards for ready-to-eat items (fruits, vegetables, breads, cheese) and meats. If you are short on cutting boards, prep all ready-to-eat items first.

Cook

Use a food thermometer to keep hot foods above 140°F to slow the spread of bacteria. Food thermometers not only keep food safe, but also help ensure the best quality.

Temps

Danger zone 40-140⁰F: Bacteria can double in as little as 20 minutes

Check slow cooker and warmer temperature settings

Crockpots: 160 – 300⁰F depending on setting

Mini crockpots: 160-170⁰F

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