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Taking Food and Drinks Outside

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We’ve all heard tales of mayonnaise-laced dishes becoming foodborne illness factories in warm weather. But its actually fairly easy to keep food safe; the key is to keep food cold and contained.

Here are some suggestions on how to achieve this:

  • Make sure all prepared foods have been thoroughly chilled before you pack them.
  • Wrap plastic containers in foil or plastic wrap to prevent spills.
  • Keep all your perishables in the fridge until the last minute, then immediately ice them in your cooler.
  • Arrange food and ice in layers to keep foods equally cold; Don’t rest the food on top of the ice or nestle it underneath.
  • Don’t under pack your cooler. A fully packed cooler stays colder than a half empty one
  • Wrap sandwiches in plastic wrap to keep them from getting mushy, then put them in a resealable plastic bag.