Tackling a Food Thermometer Is Easy: How To Practice Food Safety While Tailgating


Football season is in full swing, which means we are in the midst of tailgates, viewing parties, fantasy football and endless amounts of scrumptious food. From our new recipes to your favorite classics, we want to make sure that our game day plan is full of energy and good memories—not a sick feeling in our stomachs.

When tailgating or traveling with food to a different location, travel time and extended serving times can increase the risk of foodborne illness. One of the easiest ways to decrease the risk of your game day ending on the sideline is to cook your tailgating foods, chicken, steak, hot dogs and burgers to the proper temperature and use a food thermometer to make sure it’s cooked properly. You can also use a food thermometer to monitor the temperature throughout the game, and remember to refrigerate promptly after no more than two hours.

Food poisoning is never a part of the game plan, but preventing it should be!


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