Tip of the Day
Ketchup or Mustard?
It's true that Americans love condiments, and almost no barbecue is complete without the fixings for grilling favorites like hamburgers, hot dogs or chicken breasts. Whether you fancy ketchup, mustard, barbecue sauce, mayonnaise or prefer to slather another sauce on your food, keep these tips in mind:
- Condiments should not be sitting out for more than two hours (one hour in weather above 90°F). It is a smart idea to keep condiments in a cooler with ice.
- Always marinade meat in the refrigerator, never on the counter or outside next to the grill. Bring leftover marinades to a boil before reusing them on cooked meats.
- Remember, salsa, bean dip, spinach and artichoke dip or other perishable dips need to be refrigerated promptly below 40°F, too.
For tips on how to reduce your risk of food poisoning, visit our Outdoor Dining section and check out www.HomeFoodSafety.org.
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