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Picnics

Cooler Transport

Transport your cooler in the air-conditioned backseat of your car in-stead of the hot trunk.

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Food Safety Tips

Summer is prime time for memorable picnics and cookouts with friends and family. But the last thing you want to bring home from these fun-filled outings is food poisoning, so follow these…

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Freezer Packs

Use freezer packs, rather than ice, to keep water from accumulating on the bottom of the cooler. For added chilling, freeze bottles of water or juice boxes before packing them.

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Ingredient Lists

At large gatherings, display a list of ingredients with each dish to clue in any guests who have food allergies.

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Insulated Carrying Cases

Insulated carrying cases are a great way to transport hot and cold foods. They keep food at the right temperature, especially when you add a few hot or cold packs around the dish. The cases are…

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Insulated Thermos

I have found a way to keep food and beverages extra hot in an insulated thermos. First, fill the thermos with boiling water. Cover and let stand for 5 minutes. Pour the water out and fill with…

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Keeping Dips Cool

WHEN serving dip on a hot day, it's important to keep it cool. You can use what you have on hand. Fill a large glass or plastic serving bowl with ice cubes, crushed ice or ice packs. Fill a…

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Memorable Picnics

I make my picnics memorable by packing a pretty serving plate, a vase for flowers or fabric napkins. Simple additions like these add a special touch. To help pies and tarts travel well to your…

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Packing Order

Place the heaviest and most perishable foods on top of the ice and fill in with lighter-weight items.

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Picnic Baskets

Thoroughly clean picnic baskets and coolers before packing the food.

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Picnic Cleanup

Don’t forget to provide plenty of places to dispose of garbage…away from the food area.

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Picnic Cooler

An ice chest or cooler should contain about 25 percent ice or freezer packs and 75 percent food. Prechilling helps, too. Just fill the cooler with ice or ice water and let stand, then drain and…

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Properly Packing a Cooler

Coolers serve as portable refrigerators when going on picnics. These tips will help your coolers—and the items inside—stay well-chilled for the duration of your outing.

Cold…

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Room-Temperature Food

Pack food close to the time you plan to leave, and put in perishables right from the refrigerator. Do not use the cooler to chill room-temperature foods.

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Salad in a Snap

Transporting marinated or creamy salads is a snap when you pack them in large resealable plastic bags. Just pour the salad into a bowl once you reach your destination. The bags don’t take up much…

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Theme Picnic

WHEN Paula Marchesi of Lenhartsville, Pennsylvania prepares her Pretty Picnic Salad, you can bet she’s planning on dining out! “Going on a picnic is serene, delicious and unpredictable, whether…

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Thermos Hot Dogs

Before heading out for a weekend picnic, I place hot dogs in a thermos and cover them with boiling water. When it’s time to eat, the hot dogs are piping hot. Don’t forget the buns! —Sandra…

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Transporting Cold Foods

To keep foods cold, even frozen, while transporting them, I wrap the container securely in bubble wrap. This eliminates ice melting and hauling a cooler. —Cathy A., Mt. Carroll, Illinois

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Warm Weather Rules

To prevent growth of harmful bacteria, do not leave food out on tables in hot weather (90° and up) for more than an hour. Set the foods out on smaller serving dishes and replenish them as…

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