Cooking With Propane
Grilling Safety Tips
Food safety is just as important as safe care and maintenance of
your grill. To prevent foodborne illnesses, the Partnership for
Food Safety Education recommends following these simple steps when
- When shopping, buy cold food like meat and poultry last, right
- Separate meat and poultry from other food in your cart to prevent
- Keep meat and poultry refrigerated or frozen until ready to
use. If you won't be using the meat within 1-2 days, then freeze
- Meat and poultry should be completely thawed before grilling
so it cooks more evenly. Meats can be thawed in the refrigerator,
under cold running water or in the microwave, but never on the
counter. Meats thawed in the microwave should be used immediately.
- Marinate foods in the refrigerator, not on the counter. If you
want to use the marinade on your cooked meats, make sure it is
brought to a rolling boil first.
- Before preparing any food, wash your hands and cooking surfaces
with soap and water.
- Use separate cutting boards for raw meats and ready to eat foods.
- Don't use the same platter and utensils for raw and cooked meat
- Always use a meat thermometer to be sure the food has reached
a safe internal temperature -- 160°F for hamburgers, medium
steaks, pork, and other meats and 180°F for poultry. Seafood
should be opaque and flake easily. Remember to wash the thermometer
with soap and water after each use. NEVER partially grill meat
or poultry and finish cooking later. While 57% of consumers listed
food safety as their primary concern, only 14% regularly use a
meat thermometer when grilling.
- Grilling grates must be hot (at maximum temperature for at least
10 minutes) for proper grilling.
- Hot grates will sear the meat, keep the juices inside and prevent
it from sticking when turning it over. If it sticks, it's not
ready to be turned over.
- After cooking, it is important to clean the grill, even if it
doesn't look dirty. Leave the grill on high heat for 10 minutes
then scrape away the charred remains finishing with a wire brush.
Allow to cool and wipe lightly with vegetable oil to help prevent
sticking next time.