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12 Tips For Hosting An Outside Dinner Or Picnic Without Poisoning Your Friends

Summer in Australia is eating-and-cooking-outside season. Here are some food safety tips to make sure it's a safe one :)

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1. Check your chicken.

Cut into the thickest bit to see if there's pink. And remember juice is meant to be clear.
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Cut into the thickest bit to see if there's pink. And remember juice is meant to be clear.

2. Keep meat in the fridge until you're ready to start cooking.

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Started in the fridge, now we're here...on the BBQ.

3. Use a different plate for all cooked meats...

You know it, but yeah, don't go putting your cooked stuff back onto the same plate.
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You know it, but yeah, don't go putting your cooked stuff back onto the same plate.

4. ...and don't use the same tongs that you're using to handle cooked and raw stuff.

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5. Only take your salads, pâtés, dips, and perishables outside when you're ready to eat.

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6. If you've left something out for a total of four hours it might not be worth the risk.

Better to just throw it out than get sick.
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Better to just throw it out than get sick.

7. Before leaving the house, cut meat into serving sizes and have salads all ready.

This reduces the need to handle your foods more than you have to. Especially handy when there's no hand-washing facilities close by.

8. Keep hot foods hot, and cold food cold...

Only cold food should be in your esky. Solid blocks of ice are your cooler's friend. They won't melt as fast as crushed ice.
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Only cold food should be in your esky. Solid blocks of ice are your cooler's friend. They won't melt as fast as crushed ice.

9. ...and your cooked foods need to be cool before being placed in the esky.

No matter what the food, only cold food should be packed into your esky. if it's still warm you should wait.
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No matter what the food, only cold food should be packed into your esky. if it's still warm you should wait.

10. Also, anything raw should be packed at the bottom and far away from your ready-to-eat foods.

Leakproof containers are your friend as meat juices can easily leak onto your preprepared foods.
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Leakproof containers are your friend as meat juices can easily leak onto your preprepared foods.

11. And always keep your coolers/bags in the shade.

Sun + food = bad times.
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Sun + food = bad times.

12. Food covers are your friends in the fight against birds, insects, and animals.

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Shoo.

Enjoy your outdoor dining experiences with friends and loved ones! And get some more food safety tips here.