The 4th of July often means outdoor cooking! Entertaining in Arizona backyard landscapes is a popular choice for many people during the summer months. Along with scorching temperatures come an increase in food-borne illnesses. There are a few safety precautions to keep in mind before entertaining in your arizona landscaping.
- CLEAN – Always wash your hands with soap and water before and after handling food. If you don’t have water, hand sanitizer is better than nothing. Also make sure surfaces that food is touching are clean.
- COOK – Make sure food is cooked at a high enough temperature to kill bacteria. Using a food thermometer is the best way to ensure that food has been cooked safely.
- SEPARATE – We know to keep raw food separate from cooked food to eliminate contamination. But it’s easy to overlook keeping separate tongs and utensils for raw and cooked foods which is also important to keep food illness away!
- CHILL – While having fun entertaining and socializing it’s often easy to forget about food being left out too long. Heat and moist food breed bacteria fast! If temperatures are above 100 degrees, which is usual in Arizona, food shouldn’t be out any longer than 1 hour.
Hanging by the pool and outdoor cooking are a great way to stay cool and have fun with family and friends despite our hot temperatures. Keep in mind that your food needs to stay cool too!!