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  • Food for Thought: Use food thermometer in summer cookouts

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  • Tip of the Week
    Meat and poultry cooked on a grill can be tricky. They may look done on the outside, but it is critical that they have reached a safe minimum internal temperature to kill any harmful bacteria. Use a food thermometer inserted in the thickest part of the meat or poultry, and follow these guidelines for safety:
    * Pork, lamb, veal and whole cuts of beef: Cook to 145 degrees Fahrenheit, followed by a three-minute break before carving or consuming.
    * Hamburgers and other ground beef: Cook to 160 degrees.
    * Poultry: Cook to a minimum temperature of 165 degrees.
    * Fish: Cook to 145 degrees.
    * Hot dogs: Grill to 165 degrees or until steaming hot.
    When removing the cooked items from the grill, be certain to place them on a clean platter, not on the dish that held the raw foods.
    — Brandpoint
    Number to Know
    1: The maximum number of hours perishable food can safely be left outside on days when the temperature reaches 90 degrees or higher.
    — Brandpoint
    Easy Recipe
    Lemon brown sugar barbecue sauce
    2 cups ketchup
    1/2 cup light or dark brown sugar
    1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
    6 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice, or more to taste
    2 tablespoons molasses
    1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
    2 teaspoons dry mustard, such as Colman’s
    1 teaspoon onion powder
    1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
    Combine the ingredients in a medium nonreactive saucepan over medium heat. Cook for 8 to 10 minutes, until a thick sauce forms. Taste, and add lemon juice as necessary. Transfer the sauce to a bowl or clean jar and let it cool to room temperature. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.
    — Cookthink
    Food Quiz
    Approximately what percentage of American homes have a grill?
    A. Less than 25 percent
    B. 25 percent
    C. 50 percent
    D. 75 percent
    E. 90 percent
    Answer at bottom of rail.
    Wise to the Word
    Coconut water: The liquid contained in a cracked fresh coconut. It does not contain any pulp of coconut meat, as coconut milk does.
    — Cookthink
    The Dish On...
    “Paleo Grilling: A Modern Caveman’s Guide to Cooking with Fire,” by Tony Federico and James Phelan
    The Paleo diet is all about getting back to the basics; eating food in its most simple, unprocessed form, just like our ancestors. What could be more primal than cooking meat over a fire? This book features more than 100 recipes for grilling, smoking and searing natural, locally farmed beef, chicken, pork, and wild game over fire.
    — Amazon
    Food Quiz answer
    Page 2 of 2 - D. About three-quarters of all homes in America have a grill used for cooking
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