Let's talk tailgate. After all, Packers season is upon us and Festival Foods is the Grocery and Tailgate Headquarters of the Green Bay Packers.
Just to show that we mean business in this area, we looked up the actual definition of tailgating. It is: “To host or attend a social gathering at which an informal meal is served from the back of a parked vehicle, typically in the parking lot of a sports stadium.” We know tailgating is a serious endeavor for many Packers fans. But you know what else is serious? Food safety. Here are some of the most important “rules of the game” for safe food preparation at a tailgate:
- Keep it Clean! Just because you’re in a parking lot doesn’t mean bacteria is sidelined from your hands or cooking surfaces. Wash your hands and cooking surfaces before, during and after food preparation to ensure a safe meal for all.
- Know Your Foods. Just like at home, you must keep your hot foods hot and cold foods cold. Use a food thermometer to ensure proper cooking temperatures. Also, bring along a cooler with extra ice to store your perishables and leftover items.
- Practice Safe Separation. Store meat in tightly sealed containers that won’t leak on other items in the cooler or the ice. Do all your prep work before the game, including marinating and defrosting, and keep raw meat separate from all food that is ready to eat.
The USDA also has some great information here on tailgating food safety. OK, so ... now that you've got the tips on keeping things safe at your tailgate, here are a few of our favorite items for your pre-game grill:
- Hinterland Packerland Pilsner Brats
- Pumpkin Brats
- Towering T-Bones
- Festy Burgers
- Oktoberfest Chicken Grillers
- Oktoberfest Brats