Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Tailgate Food Safety Tips

Tailgate Food Safety Tips 
Fall is finally here, and the smell of fresh cut grass on the gridiron is in the air. This is the best time of year for Colorado sports fans, because you can watch the Broncos, Rockies, and even preseason Avalanche Hockey all in one day.
As fans prepare to tailgate, there are a few food safety tips we should all keep in mind. Before you set up your parking lot party:

  • Safety Rule #1 - pour a refreshing libation like an Ol’ Fashioned or Moscow Mule in a copper challis. This will help you enjoy the chore of setup and prevent any stress. Oh, and don’t forget to pack non-alcoholic beverages and water for hydration.
Before we get ahead of ourselves we need to start with a “Game Day Menu Plan”. When it comes to planning the food, everything starts with the menu. When planning the menu, there are a few things to keep in mind. 
  • Pick easy items that have minimal preparation.
  • Utilize seasonal fruits and vegetables.
  • Keep hot food hot and cold food cold.
  • Keep raw food separate from ready-to-eat food.
  •  Select food that works for eating outdoors.

After planning your menu, start making your Game Day Checklist. The last thing you want to do is run out and buy something after you get your grill and everything set up. There are some items you can pack that will help keep your food safe. For instance, food surface approved cleaning spray with paper towels, food service gloves, food thermometer, ice bath for cold food, food warmer, tongs and spatulas - one dedicated for raw and one for cooked foods. The illustration below is a good reminder of what to bring. 
Thunder Wolves Menu
Grilled Sausage Links - Kielbasa + Chorizo w/ grilled bell peppers and onions
Pueblo Chile + sour cream dip w/ chips + carrots
Dog bone cookies

Broncos Menu
Burgers W/ Pueblo Green Chile Strips
Chuck Wagon Chili Dogs
Mile High Nachos



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