There’s no denying. Summer is here with full throttle. With temperatures and humidity digits on the rise, we try to seek out  ways to cool down and relax. And, one of the ways that bring us ease and comfort during these sizzling months is to gather with loved ones at barbeques, picnics, and cookouts. After all, no one wishes to spend hours in-house on the stove.

And while having fun and laughter with loved ones, it is very easy to let down our guards in regards to food safety. However, this is the time to be very cognizant as food borne illnesses tend to rise during the warmer months of the year. Some tips and habits to practice when preparing and cooking foods on the outside are:

  1. Pack and preserve protein and fruits/veggies in separate coolers.
  2. Use separate apparatus like utensils, cutting boards, and platters for preparing and cooking meals.
  3. Preserve meats and poultry longer by marinating them in (alcohol – e.g. beer or wine) and citrus/acid (e.g. lime, orange lemon, vinegar -(balsamic).
  4. Pre-cook foods at home before grilling outdoors. This move will decrease cooking time on the grill.
  5. Substitute mayonnaise for vinegar. For example, when preparing potato salad, instead of the creamy mayo use oils and vinegar. This will give salad a longer shelf life in the outdoors.
  6. Avoid creamy salad dressings for salads. Instead, use lemon or lime juice, vinegar or any other acid.
  7. Bear in mind that cooked foods start deteriorating after two hours without refrigeration. Therefore, it’s important that you try to consume foods within a two-hour time frame; otherwise, bacteria starts building up.
  8. Have a cooler with sufficient ice.
  9. Pack sanitary wipes.
  10. Make sure to have disposal cups, spoons, forks, plates, and garbage bags on hand.

Summer is a carefree time of the year. And, it’s often spent with loved ones making great memories by frolicking and bonding over delicious meals on the outskirts. With the tips above and others, you can rest assure that everyone will be safe and happy with amazing meals.


Published by bblake10

I'm originally from the beautiful island of Jamaica. In Jamaica, we always find a reason to celebrate. And, when there's a celebration, there is music, fun and of course, food, great food. Presently, I reside in So. Florida.Living here in Florida offers varied cultures, people of different ethnic backgrounds. I've a great passion for the culinary side of life. Therefore, being in So. Fl., provides me the great accessibility of fresh seafood, fruits and vegetables. Moreover, I've the choice to indulge in a amazing foods from different cuisines.This ability provides great inspiration for me to retreat to my humble kitchenette and replicate these dishes.It warms my heart to be able to break bread with loved ones. I'm an avid reader and love to get lost between these beautiful words. I find reading to be a social activity because it allows me a peek inside other people's minds which in turn makes me more empathetic towards others. One day in the near future, I hope to publish my very own words in the area of poetry as well as my other love, food. Yoga and speed walking are just a few of the things that keep me balanced and centered. I love family and friends; and, of course, wholesome foods with a glass of cocktail. Life is what you make of it. And, I try to savor and enjoy the simple and precious moments.

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