press release

May 24, 2012

Christopher Brand
[email protected]


Food safety and healthy grilling tips for your next barbecue

Carlisle, PA – Ready, set, GRILL! As you kick off the summer grilling season, GIANT Food Stores and MARTIN’S Food Markets want to make sure your next barbecue is a safe and healthy one by keeping food safety top of mind. In addition, GIANT/MARTIN’S nutritionists also offer some healthy tips to lighten up the menu this summer.

Practicing food safety at home is easy with the following tips from GIANT/MARTIN’S:

  • Don’t put the meat on the bun until it’s done by using a meat thermometer. Before removing from the grill, insert a meat thermometer halfway into the thickest part of the meat and wait about 15-20 seconds for a reading. All hamburgers made with ground beef need to be cooked to an internal temperature of 160°F. Ground beef can still be pink inside and cooked to a safe 160°F, so color is not always a true indicator. Ground and whole poultry should be cooked to 165°F and chops, steaks and roasts from beef, veal or lamb are properly cooked at 145°F for medium rare, 160°F for medium and 170°F for well done. The meat thermometer should read 150°F for chops and roast from pork.
  • If you partially cook meat in the microwave or oven to reduce grilling time, do so immediately before the food goes on the hot grill. Always use a clean plate and clean utensils as cooked foods should not be placed on a plate that previously held raw foods, including meat, poultry and seafood.
  • When preparing your meats, marinate in the refrigerator, not on the counter or outdoors. If the marinade is to be used as a sauce on the cooked food, keep some in a separate container before adding the raw meat, poultry or seafood. Sauce used to marinate raw meat should never be reused.
  • Remember to refrigerate any leftovers promptly after serving and within two hours after cooking. Food should only be outside one hour when the temperature is above 90°F. When in doubt, throw it out.

“In addition to keeping you and your family healthy by following proper food safety tips, consider incorporating healthy options into your meals this summer,” said Sarah Glunz, in-store nutritionist. “Vegetables can be quick and easy sides to partner with your meat dishes and fruits offer a sweet dessert without the added calories and fat.”

With barbecues and events scheduled throughout the summer, it can be easy to fall into unhealthy eating patterns, but with the abundance of locally grown fruits and vegetables available this time of year it’s easy to incorporate more healthy items into your grilling menus. Since the grill is already fired up, why not throw some fruits and vegetables on too! The easiest way to grill vegetables is to brush them with a little bit of olive oil to prevent them from sticking and then grill, turning until tender. Try grilling asparagus or corn on the cob by adding seasonings and a touch of butter.

Fruit is also a great option, as the naturally occurring sugar caramelizes when combined with the heat of the grill, making the fruit even sweeter. Almost any fruit can be cooked on the grill, but softer fruits such as peaches and plums require more attention to prevent overcooking. Try seasoning apples or pears with cinnamon before throwing on the grill and serve with low-fat whipped topping or vanilla frozen yogurt for a twist on dessert.

Summer is a prime time for locally grown produce which customers can purchase at GIANT/MARTIN’S while purchasing a variety of fresh meat and seafood items for grilling. GIANT/MARTIN’S strives to consistently provide its customers with the freshest, tastiest food available throughout the summer and all year round, which is why it has a Double Your Money Back Guarantee in place. If a customer is not completely satisfied with his/her purchase from GIANT/MARTIN’S meat, seafood, deli, produce, bakery, floral or dairy departments, they can receive a refund for double the price of the item, excluding items prohibited by law. The product can be returned with or without a receipt, but a receipt is preferred. Without a receipt, customers are refunded through a gift card based on the current price of the product.

For more information on food safety and healthy ideas for your next meal, please visit www.GiantFoodStores.comm or


Headquartered in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, GIANT/MARTIN’S is a leading retail grocer in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia, operating under the names of GIANT Food Stores and MARTIN’S Food Markets and employing nearly 30,000 associates. Founded in 1923, GIANT and MARTIN’S have a long-standing commitment to eradicate hunger and improve the quality of life for children in addition to working with hundreds of local organizations annually. GIANT/MARTIN’S was recently awarded the Golden Grocer Award by the U.S. Department of Agriculture for its leadership in the fight against hunger. In addition, GIANT/MARTIN’S is one of the top ten fund-raisers in the country for local Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. GIANT and MARTIN’S are Ahold companies. For more information visit and Find us on Facebook at and