Cooking when camping can be an extremely enjoyable experience. A perfectly grilled steak can be the perfect way to round off a weekend’s camping. In this article, Accident Advice Helpline looks at some important safety tips when camping and how to avoid any nasty accidents.
Safety begins before the grill has even been lit. Before departing, make a menu of what you want to eat and plan accordingly. Take note of any dietary requirements of your fellow campers in order to avoid allergic reactions, especially when camping as access to hospitals and medical facilities may be limited. Consider bringing along a vegetarian dish.
Ensure that food is stored at the correct temperature before cooking. Consider separate ice chests for storing meat and poultry. Put all food inside sealed containers and store at a temperature below 5°c. Check all food before cooking to ensure that it hasn’t exceeded its expiry date.
Make sure that the grill has been correctly assembled. If you haven’t used the grill before, you may want to practise setting it up before departing for camping. Many camping stores sell excellent lightweight camping stoves. Once you have assembled the grill it’s time to light it. If using charcoal, assemble the charcoal in a pyramid in the middle of the grill and douse with barbecue lighter fluid. Leave the fluid to soak into the charcoal for 30 seconds and then light. Once the flames have been extinguished and the coals have become hot, it’s time to add the food. Make sure that food has been thoroughly cooked using a food thermometer. Leave a space on the side of the grill to place food that has been cooked but is too hot for consumption.
Just as safety begins before grilling, it doesn’t end when the food has been cooked. Make sure that any leftover food is burned rather than dumped. Wash all utensils in hot water. It might be an idea to bring along disinfectant hand soap which can also be purchased at many camping stores.
Thank you for reading Accident Advice Helpline’s guide to safely cooking whilst camping. You can look forward to more handy guides on camping as well slips, trips and falls, accidents and work and accidents on holiday.
Date Published: May 1, 2014
Author: Accident Advice