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Grilling Safely

Grill season is upon us! Whether you are a year-round griller or you save it for the summertime, there are a few things to keep in mind about grilling to keep you and your family safe.

 

Keep it clean. Before you start grilling, make sure you have clean utensils and platters. If you are grilling at a park or campsite, check to be sure you have a clean water source. Bring along a jug of water, cloths, and moist towelettes to keep your hands and surfaces clean.

 

Keep ’em separated. Use separate platters and utensils for raw and cooked food. This will help prevent harmful bacteria from transferring to the final product.

 

Check the temp. Rather than eye balling it, use a food thermometer to ensure you are cooking your meats to the proper temperature to kill bacteria.
  • Steak. Rare 120°F, medium rare 130°F, medium 140°F, medium well 150°F, well done 160°F.
  • Pork, lamb, and veal chops, and roasts 145°F.
  • Ground meats 160°F.
  • Poultry 165°F.

 

Hot holding. If you plan to keep your food warm until you are ready to serve it, keep it out of the temperature danger zone (TDZ). The TDZ is from 40°F to 140°F. This is the temperature range where bacteria is more likely to grow. Aim to store your food at 140°F or warmer until ready to serve. You can do this by arranging a cooler spot on the grill, avoiding the direct heat. You can also keep it on a platter in the oven on warm, 170°F to 200°F.
 
LeftoversAvoid leaving food out for longer than 2 hours. Move leftovers to the fridge and store in shallow containers. Deep containers may lead to the internal temperature to remain in the TDZ while the food closer to the outer edges cool. When you are ready to enjoy your leftovers, reheat to 165°F.
 
Grilled Romaine
Servings: 4
 
Ingredients:
 
4 Romaine hearts, washed and split in half
3 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 cup Parmesan, shaved
1 lemon, cut into wedges
Salt and pepper to taste
 
Preparation:
 
1. Preheat grill to medium heat. 
2. Brush romaine with olive oil and grill for 4-5 minutes or until evenly brown on each side.
3. Remove from grill. You can serve them whole or chopped.
4. Top with remaining olive oil and squeeze of lemon juice, Parmesan and salt and pepper to taste. 
5. Add grilled protein of choice and starchy side to make it a meal. Enjoy!
 
 
Serving Size: 1 romaine heart

Nutrition Information per Serving: 79.8 calories, 5.4 grams total fat, 1.8 grams of saturated fat, 4.6 grams carbohydrate, 2.1 grams fiber, 3.9 grams protein, 132.4 milligrams sodium, 26.2 milligrams potassium, 1.5 grams sugar
 
 
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