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Refrigerated Treats Can Make For A Cool Event
It's always a great time to get "Back to Cool" and enjoy a picnic with family and friends. The refrigerated dairy aisle of your local grocery store can be a great source for tasty, convenient selections for your outdoor gatherings, such as cheeses, breads, jello, dips, puddings, yogurts, juices and much more. Try ideas like these for a very tasty picnic: • Make an easy, scrumptious potato salad with convenient refrigerated potato selections. • Create and bake delicious snacks with refrigerated bread dough and shredded cheese. • Stock up on a variety of yogurt flavors and pack fresh fruit for dipping. • Try the many dips and sour cream selections and bring plenty of fresh vegetables to the picnic.
• Remember the individually packed cheese slices to top grilled hamburgers or to enjoy as simple snacks. • Don't forget the whipped toppings to make any dessert special. While you are planning your menu, also plan for a safe picnic. Food spoilage and cross-contamination are real concerns when eating food outdoors in warm weather. Be sure to follow these tips from the National Frozen & Refrigerated Foods Association (NFRA) to ensure your picnic is a healthy one: • Bring water for preparation and cleaning, or pack clean, wet, disposable cloths or moist towelettes and paper towels for cleaning hands, surfaces and utensils.
• It's important to keep hot food hot and cold food cold during the picnic. • Carry cold perishable foods in an insulated cooler packed with ice or frozen gel packs. Make sure raw meat and poultry are wrapped securely to prevent juices from cross-contaminating. • If bringing hot take-out food such as fried chicken, eat it within two hours of purchase or plan ahead and chill the food in the fridge before packing in an insulated cooler. • Don't stock the cooler until immediately before leaving from home. Keep the cooler in the coolest part of the car when traveling.
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