Please remember to keep food at appropriate temperatures when you're bringing it outdoors with you. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics has some food safety tips to avoid food poisoning:
- If you plan on grilling, make sure you know what temperature some of your favorites like hamburgers (160°F; 71°C) and chicken (165°F; 74°C) should be cooked to for safe eating. If you are unsure, take a look at our safe minimum internal temperature chart. Always bring a food thermometer to check if food is done.
- Make sure to keep raw and ready-to-eat foods separate in your picnic basket. Consider packing beverages in one cooler and perishable food in another.
- If you are transporting perishable foods, pack an icepack to keep foods at their appropriate temperature of 40°F (4°C).
- Remember food is no longer good if it's been sitting out for more than two hours, or one hour in weather above 90°F (32°C).
What is your favourite picnic food?
I don't know if I have just one, but today I would say a few slices of juicy watermelon! Feel free to comment, question, share, and help others with their picnics.
Happy picnic planning,
Steph Langdon, RD
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