Backyard cooking is a great way to entertain or just create a family meal.
Barbecued food can be fun to prepare and just as much fun to eat. Cooking outdoors was once a hot weather activity, but now grills are fired up for outdoor cooking all year round.
Whether you're grilling
in a snowstorm or enjoying the summer sun, it's important
to follow grilled food
safety guidelines to prevent harmful bacteria from multiplying
and causing food borne illness.
everyone is having a great time, don't forget that you really
are playing with fire.
According to grilling safety tips from the Hearth, Barbecue and Grilling Association, major blunders at the summer grill are commonly avoidable with a little common sense.
To avoid becoming a barbecue accident statistic they strongly recommend that you read the owner's manual first before you grill. Other helpful tips include always using long-handled utensils to keep hands and fingers away from the heat. Also make sure the grill is on a level area to avoid it tipping over.
And, of course, always keep party guests and especially kids far enough away from the open fire to avoid ruining the festive atmosphere with a quick trip to the hospital emergency room!
Keep the party going by doing a quick
check of more safety tips before you fire up the backyard
a 50/50 mixture of water and liquid soap on the connection
when you hook up a new propane cylinder to your gas grill.
for bubbles. If you see them, tighten the connections.
foods refrigerated until you are ready to cook. Leaving
edibles in the hot sun can ruin the party.
the lid open when lighting your grill.
the grill with canola oil to prevent food from sticking.
off the controls and close the cylinder valve when you finish
matches or lighters to check for leaks.
gasoline, or any other flammable liquid not designed for
the job, to start charcoal grills
store or transport cylinders near sources of high temperature.