Happy Canada Day! And don’t get burned on the BBQ

Posted: June 30, 2011 in General Information, What's Happening Now!
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Well Canada Day falls on a Friday this year and if you’ve checked the weather report for Cambridge and KW Ontario area you know that comes 4 pm today the highways across our country will be teaming with happy-go-lucky vacationners heading in all directions. Yes, it’s the time of year for the massive exodus of the city dwellers to the greener, quieter  pastures.

And then there are those of us who would rather just stay close to home and enjoy the leisure  luxuries of  home. If you are planning a back yard gathering and BBQ this year pay attention to some fire safety guidelines. The only crispy critters you want to see is those pesty one that pass through the bug zapper.

So, before firing up the beast check for gas leak. An easy way to do this is to mix a tablespoon of dishsoap into about a cup of water in a spray bottle. Using a paint brush cover all the hose and cuplinks on the tank and BBQ.  Open the lid and then turn the handle of the gas on for about 10 seconds and then turn it off. Check for bubbles forming around the cuplinks or on the hose. If you see bubbles check that the connections are secure and tight and try again. If you see bubbles on the hose you would need to get a new one which is easily available at your local hardware store.

Remember some food safety guidelines also. Avoid the potential of cross contamination and the spread of food borne illnesses by making sure that raw meat is kept away from other foods including vegetables and cooked meat. Wash your hands with soap and hot water after handling raw meat for at least 30 seconds or better yet sing the national anthem twice while washing.  Use a thermometer to determine whether the meat is done. Ground beef and sausages should be cooked at 71 degrees celcius, hot dogs at 74 and chicken at 74 degrees. Clean the thermometer with water and soap in between each type of meat that you are testing. Keep food out of the sun and use  a cooler with ice to maintain freshness and safety.

Enjoy the fruit of your labour and Happy Canada Day!

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