Are you planning for a picnic? If so then you can take foods and beverages in the coolers. Coolers can maintain the freshness of the foods and beverages in the summer heat otherwise, bacteria can develop very swiftly and spoil your food and destroy all your fun at the picnic. There are plenty of coolers available on the market in various specifications. You must choose the best cooler that retains the food freshness for the maximum number of days based on the length of your outdoor trip.
You can find various tips on an online website about how to buy an outdoor cooler? Buying a right cooler will not make the foods safe and cool. You must know how to pack foods efficiently in a cooler. Read through this market research to get the clear picture on the cooler market, http://gracenferguson.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/Market-Research.pdf.
You must pack the cooler entirely to keep it cool. You must choose a cooler that is the right size for your outdoor trip. A cooler that is loaded completely with foods and drinks maintains cool longer than a cooler that is partially filled. You can place your cooler with freezer packs and ice. To prevent ice from melting on the contents, you can pack the ice separately in plastic bags. Once you had your food, you can use the bags to store the leftovers.
The second tip is you should prevent “cooler Cross-contamination. You must keep the raw meat, fish and poultry items in a tightly sealed plastic bags or containers in your cooler. These raw food items contain bacteria that infect ready-to-eat foods. Rather than using a single large cooler for everything you can use a small and a medium sized cooler for storing raw fish, poultry and fish and another cooler to store ready-to-eat food items.
You must ensure whether the foods are frozen or cold before you store them in your cooler. It is good to place the highly perishable food items after the ice compartment. You should close tightly the lid of the cooler as much you can and pack the foods in the reverse order which means you must first use the food items that are placed lastly on the cooler.
At the outdoor trip, you must place the cooler in the cool locations like under the tree shadow or in the cool place etc. When driving with your cooler, it is good to drive on the passenger area floor of your car. If possible you can cover your cooler with a light color blanket. You must prevent your cooler from direct sun exposure or warm car.
To ensure the safety of your cooler, keep a thermometer inside your cooler and check its temperature frequently. The cooler must have the temperature of 40 or below 40 degrees Fahrenheit. After some time, you cooler temperature will increase and it is in the dangerous zone, you must refill the ice packs regularly to maintain the foods cool in the cooler.
The last tip is you must prevent lingering leftovers. Whether it is hot or cold food, you should not keep it on the picnic table for longer than two hours.