Here are a few tips to bear in mind when cooking outdoors to make sure that it doesn’t end in disaster. These are important for everyone but even more so if you are pregnant or with younger kids.
Handling raw meat – It is always essential to bear hygiene in mind when cooking but during pregnancy you are more susceptible to picking up bugs that can cause food poisoning and cause harm to your baby. Make sure to wash your hands and any surfaces or utensils that raw meat touches in thoroughly with hot soapy water.
Ready to eat foods (salads, coleslaw, mayonnaise etc.) – Keep these foods in the fridge until right before you are ready to serve the cooked food, don’t leave them out in the sun. With any prepared food make sure it is covered over to avoid insects getting in before you have served it. The most important thing is to keep all these foods away from anything that has touched the raw meat.
Cooking meat – make sure the barbeque is very hot before beginning any cooking. Cook any meat that you are having thoroughly. Just because it may look cooked on the outside doesn’t mean the inside is. Undercooked and rare meat should be avoided during pregnancy. Rotate the meat frequently to ensure even cooking and before serving make sure it is piping hot the whole way through, cut into the middle and make sure there are no pink bits showing and that juices are clear.
- Leave foods to marinate in the fridge not out on the counter.
- Never use any leftover marinade from raw meat as a sauce unless you have brought it to the boil first.
- If you have any leftovers, cover them and refrigerate right away and make sure to use within 2 days.
- If you are serving meat from the BBQ to smaller children remember it can be very hot straight off the coals, cut it into small pieces and allow it to cool first.
You can read more on food safety on the safefood website. Here are a few delicious BBQ recipes from them to get you started http://www.safefood.eu/Healthy-Eating/Recipes/Barbeque.aspx.
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Also, don’t forget to check our the pregnancy recipe section http://www.aptaclub.ie/recipes/pregnancy