Memorial day is a day to remember those who we lost in the war and an excuse to fire up the grill and throw a party. To make sure that your Memorial day doesn't end up with someone getting hurt the government has issued a list of barbecuing tips.
1. When buying meat at the store: When buying meat at the store it is important to pick up cold meat last. Keep it separated from the rest of the food in your cart so that juices from the meat don't contaminate the rest of your food. After checking out put the meat in a cooler with ice to keep it cold on your way home. Immediatly place the meat in the refrigerator or freezer when you get home.
2. How to safely thaw your meat: The best way to thaw your meat is understandably in the refrigerator. If you need to thaw faster you can also thaw your meat in the microwave. This should be done though only if you are going to place the meat directly onto the grill.
3. Marinating: The most important thing to remember when marinating is DON'T marinate on the counter. ALWAYS put meats that are marinating in the fridge. Another good tip to remember is that poultry and cubed meat should be marinated for up to 2 days. Beef and veal on the other hand can be marinated for up to 5 days.
4. Transporting: Although this may seem like a little over-the-top it is important that when transporting meat from one place to the next ALWAYS store it in a cooler with ice. It is very important to keep the meat cold even when you are about to grill it. The reason for this is to prevent bacterial growth.
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