Tahlequah Daily Press

Local News

June 27, 2013

Experts offer tips for barbecue season

TAHLEQUAH — As the longer days entice people to gather in backyards or other outdoor locations to enjoy a grilled meal or other activities, it’s important be prepared for unwelcomed conditions and guests.

Scorching summer temperatures can zap the energy out of everybody involved in the activity, and knowing when to schedule an event is key.

SouthernLiving.com recommends avoiding midday events, as the sun will heat up what may appear to be a cool shade area.

Gathering for a morning brunch or early-evening mixer on the lawn is suggested. Patio misters can help reduce heat effects and provide temporary relief when swimming pools or access to lakes or rivers is not available.

Cherokee County Extension Service Family Consumer Science Educator Heather Winn noted it’s also important to pay special attention to food details and conditions when preparing a meal, especially if the food needs to be transported to a location away from the kitchen refrigerator.

“Cold foods should be stored at 40 degrees Fahrenheit or below. Foods can be packed while still frozen so that they stay colder longer. Put drinks in cooler and perishable items in another,” she said. “And keep the ice chest closed as much as possible. The danger zone is between 40 and 140 degrees. Never let your picnic food or any other food  remain in the danger zone for more than two hours. Or one hour, if the outdoor temperatures are above 90 degrees.”

Winn said to avoid cross contamination with meat products.

“Keep raw meats securely wrapped so juices don’t contaminate other foods in the cooler,” she said. “Clean the produce and rinse fresh fruits and vegetables under running tap water before packing them in the cooler.”

Keeping the lawn mowed and treated with tick repellent while being prepared for flying intruders like mosquitoes can help guests avoid swatting contests and itchy ankles. Items like bug spray or citronella candles will help curb unwanted pests, said Tahlequah Lumber employee Brandon Messner.

“We also have mosquito foggers, and we have tiki torches that you put the citronella stuff in,” he said. “And we’ve got the little candles and lanterns you can set up.”

Use of cintronella candles or torches provide a two-fold effect, offering illuminated conditions for events without access to outdoor electrical lighting, but more importantly protection from mosquitoes and other bugs.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that prime mosquito-biting hours usually take place from dusk to dawn. Ticks, the CDC notes, are out all day and all night.

It’s also important to pick a safe area to use a grill, said Winn.

“Position the grill in a well-ventilated, flat, level surface away from the house, shrubs and deck railing. Grills need to be cleaned before use. Preheat the grill, and clean it with a wire brush before placing food on the grill,” she said. “Keep the charcoal in a cool, dry place and handle it with care. Never add lighter fluid directly to hot coals, since flames can travel up the fluid stream.”


To see the complete version of this article, subscribe to the Daily Press e-edition by following the link below.

Click here to get the entire Tahlequah Daily Press delivered every day to your home or office.

Click here to get a free trial or to subscribe to the Tahlequah Daily Press electronic edition. It's the ENTIRE newspaper (without the paper) for your computer, iPad or e-reader.

Text Only
Local News
  • ts-camp-cherokee-main.jpg Camp Cherokee

    About 500 area youth attending popular camp for tribal citizens.

    In reality, two camps are taking place at the Camp Heart ‘o the Hills: a day camp for children in first through sixth grades, and a residential camp for those in middle and high school.

    July 22, 2014 2 Photos

  • leatherman-chad.jpg Man gets 20 years for robbing local Walgreens store

    A Tahlequah man accused of robbing a local Walgreens this year has received a 20-year sentence.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • svw-orphan-train.jpg ‘Orphan Train’ authors visit Tahlequah

    Imagine, for a moment, being a child whose parents could not care for him, and the only alternative was to ride the rails across the country, hoping to find a new family and home.
    For local resident Peggy Kaney’s grandfather, this scenario was a reality.
    Alison Moore and Phil Lancaster shared the stories of over 200,000 children taken from New York City and then given away to families in western states from 1854 to 1929, at the Tahlequah Public Library on July 17.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • City council gives family deadline to rehab property

    Tahlequah’s city council is giving a family with local ties a little more than a month to develop and submit rehabilitation plans for two pieces of property containing six dilapidated structures in the 400 block of Lee Street.
    Members of the city’s abatement board recommended the homes be demolished, according to Tahlequah Building Inspector Mark Secratt. City officials then sent a certified notice as required by law, but the letter was returned.

    July 22, 2014

  • Man ‘howling like dog,’ arrested for APC

    When a Kentucky man pulled into an area convenience store over the weekend and began “barking and howling like a dog,” sheriff’s deputies checked on him and eventually hauled him to jail on alcohol-related charges, an arrest report shows.

    July 22, 2014

  • Man stable after crash

    A 57-year-old Tahlequah man was listed in stable condition Sunday evening after a crash on Old Toll Gate Road in northern Cherokee County.

    July 22, 2014

  • svw-Marijuana-guy.jpg Grassroots efforts

    Group seeks area support to put medical marijuana on November ballot

    Legalized medical marijuana will be on the ballots in November if Oklahomans for Health, the organization putting forward the proposed amendment, can get 155,216 signatures by Aug. 16.

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • washington-marshal.jpg Man charged following June pursuit

    Prosecutors have filed formal charges against a Hulbert man accused of leading authorities on a pursuit and running a roadblock last month.

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • rf-3rd-Thurs-group.jpg Third Thursday downtown event gaining momentum

    Most new events take time to build a following and Third Thursday Art Walk is still gaining momentum.
    The cloudy weather may have kept some shoppers home, but those out were enjoying the evening and buying gifts.

    July 21, 2014 2 Photos

  • Council to mull TMSA contract

    Tahlequah city councilors on Monday are set to discuss and possibly act on a request to renew a contract with the local main street program worth $25,000 per year.
    If the contract is approved for the Tahlequah Main Street Association, it would automatically renew each year unless otherwise terminated or canceled.

    July 21, 2014


Do you believe school administrators and college presidents in Oklahoma are paid too much?

Strongly agree.
Somewhat agree.
Somewhat disagree.
Strongly disagree.
     View Results
Tahlequah Daily Press Twitter
Follow us on twitter
AP Video
Disabled Veterans Memorial Nearing Completion Last Mass Lynching in U.S. Remains Unsolved Home-sharing Programs Help Seniors Clinton: "AIDS-Free Generation Within Our Reach" Ex-NYC Mayor: US Should Allow Flights to Israel Judge Ponders Overturning Colo. Gay Marriage Ban Airlines Halt Travel to Israel Amid Violence NYPD Chief Calls for 'use of Force' Retraining VA Nominee McDonald Goes Before Congress Bush: Don't Worry, Sugarland Isn't Breaking Up US Official: Most Migrant Children to Be Removed Police Probing Brooklyn Bridge Flag Switch CDC Head Concerned About a Post-antibiotic Era Raw: First Lady Says `Drink Up' More Water Courts Conflicted Over Healthcare Law Holder Urges Bipartisanship on Immigration Raw: Truck, Train Crash Leads to Fireball US Airlines Cancel Israel Flights Obama Signs Workforce Training Law Crash Victims' Remains Reach Ukraine-held City