Food safety is especially important when eating outdoors, where food can spoil easily -- enjoy a worry-free picnic with these food safety tips.
Follow the same basic steps to keeping food safe in the kitchen for keeping outdoor picnic food safe. We show you how cleaning, separating, cooking, and chilling food helps to keep picnic food safe and spoil-free.
Keep the Food Clean: When preparing food for your picnic, clean your hands and prep surfaces often. Moist towelettes or soap and water will do the trick.
Separate Raw and Cooked Food: To avoid cross-contamination among different picnic foods, bring plenty of plates and utensils along. Designate some plates for handling raw foods and the others for handling cooked foods. Keep uncooked meats, poultry, fish, and shellfish separate from other foods and transport in tightly sealed bags or containers; pack them at the bottom of the cooler so that juices from these foods do not drip onto other foods.
Cook Picnic Food Properly: Use a food thermometer to make sure your foods are cooked to a safe internal temperature, and don't partially cook or grill food with the intent of finishing the cooking later.
Chill Picnic Food: When packing food into your picnic basket or cooler, remember these tips for keeping it at the right temperature:
-To ensure perfectly cooked meat everytime and to avoid the consequences of undercooked meat, it's important to learn how to use a meat thermometer. No one wants a day after surprises. There are 2 basic kinds of meat thermometers; Oven-going and instant read. Let's start with Oven-going. For larger meat such as roast, use this type of thermometer before roasting. Get it. Oven-going means it goes in the oven. Stick it at least 2-inches and at the center of the thickest portion of the meat avoiding fat and bone. Put your roast with the thermometer in the oven to bake. When the thermometer reaches 145 to 155 degrees, it's dinner time. There's another type of thermometer that works just as well-- instant read. Tuck the sky in when the cooking is done. Place this thermometer in the same way giving him 15 to 20 seconds to register the temperature. No matter which way you measure using a meat thermometer is a must-do food safety step.