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Easy Tailgate Food Safety

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Well friends, the time has come once again when a crisp fall breeze makes its way across the sports landscape of summer. You may not have noticed it in Chattanooga because of the drought and the high temps all year but fall is on the way. And that means college and pro football. It also means tailgate parties at your team's stadium or in the back yard.

Here are a few things to keep in mind when having your tailgate adventure.

  • First, keep the cold foods cold and the hot food hot.
  • Avoid cross contamination by cleaning prep surfaces, cooking utensils, dishes and bowls and such. Keep this in mind; don't carve bread with the knife you just used with your raw chicken unless you wash the knife.
  • Avoid keeping any food in any cooler used for drinks or ice. In fact, a clean cooler should contain ice with some type of scoop. Ice used to keep food or drinks cold should be tossed when the party is over and not consumed.
  • It's really common sense stuff - like this. A tube of handy wipes is a great tailgate item.
  • Covered garbage cans and using garbage bags keep flies down.
  • Hot food should be kept warm.
  • Bug spray for the remaining hot days, sun screen, and band aids all make for a safe tailgate.
  • Follow tailgating rules for your venue.
  • Extenquish all fires, dispose of all garbage properly.

Stay Safe! Enjoy the fun.

Kent Whitaker is a semi-celebrated cook, author, award-winning culinary writer, husband, father, and harmonica player. 

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