Summer is the prime season for grilling, but handling food in hot temperatures can lead to trouble. Bacteria thrive at high temps, leaving you and your guests at risk for foodborne illnesses.
But don't throw out your picnic plans just yet. We've got some easy tips for keeping your summer grilling safe so you can fire up the barbecue with confidence. (You can even serve that potato salad!)
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Nichol hails from Minnesota, but has worked in food journalism in New York and Los Angeles for more than a decade. She served as an editor with Gourmet magazine, and has contributed to several other national food publications. Email Nichol | @cedarsonic | TakePart.com