What’s Memorial Day without cookouts? A registered dietician has some advice to ensure you don’t get sick from food not prepared or stored properly. Barbara Troy, Clinical Assistant Professor at Marquette University, says be careful with proteins especially raw meat. Although cured meats like sausages and hot dogs are generally considered to be a little more sustainable she says exercise caution there as well.
For foods coming from the grill, it’s recommended they be left out no longer than an hour in temperatures of 90 degrees or more. As far as leftovers, she says in a fridge of at least 40 degrees Fahrenheit, ground meat products should be eaten within a couple of days, other meats such as roast have a longer shelf life.
Troy says above all use common sense in handling food and have fun.