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Easy, Upscale Make and Take Summer Food

Segment one: BBQ on the go!

 

In this segment we will prepare a simple marinade, add it to a re-sealable bag of skinless boneless chicken thighs and freeze it for safe travels. We will talk about food safety when taking food on the go and have the host(s) pack a cooler while keeping food safety in mind. So you've been invited out to a cabin, how can you ensure you'll get invited back again?

 

Take food, flavourful, easy to make food! It's easy to grab a pack of hot dogs and sure it will feed the crowd but how can you stand out and ensure you are top of the guest list next time? Bring BBQ ready marinated meat that you prepared at home, freeze for safe travels and thaw for a delicious meal that will have everyone asking you for the recipe. Here is a basic and easy marinade that is perfect for chicken, turkey or pork. My personal preferred pick is skinless, boneless chicken thighs. They are perfect for the BBQ as the extra fat content helps them stay moist and they are the exact right size to toss on a bun – no slicing or dicing needed.

 

BBQ Food Safety Tips: -Keep cold foods, cold. Your cold foods need to be kept at 4C or lower. -Pack raw meats at the bottom of your cooler and make sure they are in sealed containers. -Do not eat the loose ice in your cooler, it is not clean. Better yet, take frozen water bottles that can be used as drinking water once they thaw. -Boneless chicken pieces are fully cooked when your meat thermometer reaches 77C. -Promptly chill food once served. Food that is not on ice or being kept hot needs to be refrigerated within 2 hours of serving to prevent spoilage.

Herbed Citrus Marinade INGREDIENTS: 2 Tbsp canola oil (30 mL) 1 garlic clove minced (1) 1 orange zest and juice (1) 1 lemon zest and juice (1) 2 Tbsp chopped fresh thyme (30 mL) 1/4 tsp pepper (1 mL)

 

DIRECTIONS: In a small bowl, combine canola oil, garlic, orange zest and juice, lime zest and juice, lemon zest and juice, thyme and pepper. Mix well. Use as a marinade for 1lb. (500g) of chicken, turkey or pork. Recipe courtesy of www.canolaeatwell.com

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