Summer barbecues, outdoor potlucks, and storing all of your food in a camping cooler can sure be risky business—especially when warm weather makes conditions ripe for food poisoning.
According to experts at the v/U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, when temperatures soar, bacteria flourishes. However, you can protect your food and your health, and still enjoy a nice summer meal in the great outdoors by enlisting these eight food safety tips to help prevent food borne illnesses…
1. Pack Away Uneaten Food
I know that pot lucks and outdoor parties have a “graze” policy, which means guests will eat, but uneaten food will be left out for late guests and second helpings later on. However, food that’s left out in warm temperatures for more than an hour (particularly, those over 90-degrees Fahrenheit) are just begging for bacteria to join the party. That means, leftovers should be wrapped, packed, and refrigerated as soon as possible.