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Longer days and warmer air say picnic season! Everyone is eager to head and stay outdoors after a long and frosty winter. Picnics make great outings to be outside in nature or enjoy the city landscape, get some vitamin D from sun exposure and enjoy a good time with your love one, kids, or the whole family. There are so many healthy and yummy food choices you can pack. Something to think ahead when planning the food is ways to keep it safe; since food that is not refrigerated could potentially make you sick (bacteria multiply at a faster rate in warmer temperatures.) So before you head out for a day of food, fun and sun, we leave you with some tips to keep you in good health:
- Plan to take only the amounts of food you’ll use
- Most foods are safe for short periods when stored with ice or frozen gel packs in a proper cooler
- Creamy or custard foods and salads using store-bought mayonnaise are safe if kept cold in a cooler
- Cook completely at the picnic site. If you are planning to grill or cook at the picnic, don’t partial or precook ahead of time
- No cooler? Plan your menu using the following items: fruits, vegetables, hard cheese, canned/dried meats or fish, dry cereal, bread, nut butter, crackers
- Always use an insulated cooler with a cold source, such as ice, frozen gel packs, or frozen foods
- Plan to keep hot foods hot with a thermos or insulated dish
Back home after the fun, place leftovers promptly in the cooler. Discard any perishable food left out for more than 2 hours. Have a great summer!
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