If you are planning to have a have a summer that is full of eating outside and having fun, then you will be looking to make sure everyone is safe out in the garden. As well as ensuring the garden itself is safe, you should also make sure that the food you are serving is also safe for everyone. If you haven’t done much cooking outside before, then here are a few tips to help you BBQ and cook safely in the garden.
Keep Kids Away from the BBQ
One of the most dangerous parts of cooking outside is the risk of getting hurt on the BBQ. Kids don’t always see the danger and might walk or play around the cooking area. To make sure that no-one gets hurt, you need to try and seal off this area from the kids with chairs or a fence. Even with these precautions, you should also keep a first aid kit handy just in case any injuries happen.
Keep Food in the Fridge
When you are preparing the BBQ, you should keep the food in the fridge until you need it. The same applies to the food you will be having with the BBQ like salads and coleslaw. If the weather is hot outside, then leaving it out in the heat before you need it can lead to bacteria.
Before cooking any meat that has been frozen, you need to ensure that it has been thoroughly defrosted first. If you don’t, then you might think the food is cooked on the outside, but the inside might still be raw. Even if the instructions say that food can be cooked from frozen, this usually refers to food cooked in the oven and not on the BBQ.
Lighting the BBQ
Depending on the BBQ that you buy, you will have a range of fuels that you can use. Some use charcoal bricks, some use gas, and some use solid fuel. Whichever fuel you use, it is important that you ensure the BBQ is hot and that the heat is evenly distributed. It will ensure that you can place food anywhere on the grill and it will all cook at the same time. Areas that are hotter than others might burn the food before it was cooked throughout. If you haven’t decided on which BBQ you will use, then sites like Hothomeair.com can help you decide.
Ensure Meat is Cooked
Before you serve any of the meat you have cooked, always ensure that it is cooked thoroughly throughout. It is particularly important for fish, chicken, turkey, and sausages. For beef, and pork, you can allow for some pinkness in the middle, but it must still be hot. Although some people eat burgers that are slightly pink, these are usually freshly made with steak. Any bought in the store should be cooked until there is no pinkness left.
If you follow these ideas, you will have a great time with your friends and family in the garden.