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Break Out the Barbie but get the Temperature Right!

I see we are due another heat wave, or should I say “heat wave”, as our weather forecasters have an unfortunate habit of getting it wrong.

It is the BBQ season, however, and we are bound to get a few decent dry and sunny days.  With the World Cup and Wimbledon coming it could be a flaming June to remember, whatever England might do in Russia.

The key to a good Barbie is temperature and this time I don’t mean the weather.  If you end up with underdone bangers or an overcooked chicken leg it can ruin an otherwise enjoyable occasion. 

I would recommend you get something to test the temperature of your meat so you know exactly when it is properly cooked.  There are a couple of useful gadgets that can help with this.

Firstly, there is something called a Thermapen.  This is simply a widget with a needle that you push into the meat.  A reading of the temperature then appears and you will know how well cooked your meat is.

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5 Reasons to Shop at your Local Butcher 

I know it is easy to pick up your meat when you do the Big Shop at the supermarket, but in these health-conscious days there are good reasons to pay your local butcher a regular visit.  

Here are 5 good reasons why you should support your butcher:

1. You will know what you are getting.  Now I am not going to name names, but there have been some nasty little stories in the media recently about the provenance of some of the meat that gets sold in larger outlets.  If you are buying from a butcher the chances are he will be able to tell you which local farm the meat is sourced from, possibly even which field!

2. A butcher offers better selection and quality.  When you visit a local butcher you can guarantee you will see varieties and cuts of meat that you simply cannot buy in a supermarket.  Not only that, but the quality will be better too and you will tell that by its superb taste.

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