Clean off the cobwebs from the garden barbecue! National Barbecue Week is upon the UK once again…
Barbecues, at-home eating and entertaining is now the UK’s favourite leisure activity with two thirds of all UK households now owning a barbecue grill. In 2013 the UK was named Europe’s leading barbecue nation, hosting over 125 million barbecues during the year, beating Germany to second place for the fifth time according to The Food People.
However, with all of the excitement of family and friends being around, it’s hard to remember that safety still comes first.
Here are a few do’s and don’ts to make sure barbeques run smoothly this summer:
- Wash your hands thoroughly before preparing food, after touching raw meat and before serving and eating
- Always ensure that frozen food is defrosted before barbecuing so that it cooks evenly
- Always keep raw and cooked meats separate and keep uncooked meat, fish and vegetables separate from each other when preparing
- Barbecued food may look well-cooked when it’s not. Burgers, sausages and chicken should ideally be checked with a meat thermometer or cut open and visually checked. If necessary, continue grilling until cooked through
- Spread germs - have plenty of clean tongs, plates and chopping boards ready
- Don’t use the same utensils and boards for raw meat and cooked meat
- Eat barbecued food that’s been left out in hot weather for more than an hour.
LINPAC can help party hosts prepare the most delectable barbecue with its range of tableware and packaging solutions for hot and cold foods whilst promoting food safety.
Shelf life and freshness are key concerns for consumers, especially when it comes to the preservation of fresh meat, the staple of any barbecue.
LINPAC manufactures an extensive range of solutions that prolong shelf life whilst not compromising on freshness and clarity of the pack. LINPAC Rfresh rPET trays are also manufactured using more than 95 percent post-consumer recyclate, which is then supercleaned in-house to ensure all food safety regulations are exceeded.
Ensure barbecues are drama-free this summer by following these top tips and recognising just how effective and important the right packaging can be to improve food safety.