The warm weather of summer is a great time to be outside with family and friends, but may require some extra care when sharing food. Look over the suggestions below to help you and others stay healthy:
When bringing food to a picnic or
- Use an insulated cooler filled with
ice or frozen gel packs. Frozen food can
also be used as a cold source.
- A full cooler will maintain its cold
temperature longer than a partially filled one.
When using a cooler, keep it out of the direct sun by placing it in the
shade or shelter.
- Avoid opening the cooler repeatedly
so that your food stays colder longer.
When cooking on the grill:
- Use separate cutting boards and
utensils for raw meat and ready-to-eat items like vegetables or bread.
- Keep perishable food cold until it is
ready to cook.
- Always use a fresh, clean plate and
tongs for serving cooked food. Never reuse items that touched raw meat or
poultry to serve the food once it is cooked.
When serving food outdoors:
- Perishable food should not sit out
for more than two hours. In hot weather
(above 90 °F), food should NEVER sit out for more than one hour.
- Serve cold food in small portions,
and keep the rest in the cooler. After
cooking meat and poultry on the grill, keep it hot until served – at 140 °F or
Information from Foodsafety.gov
Werner, Certified Health Coach