You're planning a picnic on one of the hottest days of summer. How can you make sure your food stays fresh? Dangerous bacteria can spread quickly and cause illness, so the way you pack your food can mean the difference between a fun day in the sun and food poisoning.
Try these tips for packing your cooler:
-Keep it full. Pack your cooler to capacity with ice and chilled food. It will stay cool longer than a partially filled cooler.
-Ice it. Fill your cooler with ice or freezer packs. Pack the ice in plastic bags to keep it from melting onto your food.
-Avoid cross-contamination. Place raw meat, poultry and fish in tightly sealed plastic containers or plastic bags. Their raw juices could contaminate other foods in your cooler.
-Consider two coolers. Placing meat and fish in one cooler and ready-to-eat foods and beverages in another will help prevent cross-contamination. They will also be easier to carry.