Health Tip: Tailgate With Safe Food08/15/13
(HealthDay News) -- Heading out to enjoy some tailgating? Pack
the proper supplies to safely cook and store your food.
The U.S. Food Safety Administration mentions these tips:
- Pack an insulated cooler filled with ice to carry cold meats
and perishables -- such as lunch meats, potato salad, hamburgers,
hot dogs, chicken or sausages.
- Place a food thermometer inside the cooler to make sure the
temperature stays at 40 degrees Fahrenheit or lower.
- Securely wrap all raw meat and poultry to make sure juices
don't leak and contaminate other foods.
- Eat hot takeout food within two hours of purchasing. If the
outside temperature is above 90 degrees, eat within one hour.
- Pack hot foods (such as chili, soup or stew) in a closed,
insulated container that was preheated.
- If hot food can't stay hot long enough, pack it cold and reheat
to 165 degrees Fahrenheit when it's time to eat.
- Pack additional essentials, such as utensils, grilling tools, a
thermometer, fresh water for cleaning and disposable towelettes to
keep your hands clean.
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