With Spring comes many sports. Whether you are a fan of major league baseball, or a mom of a little league player it is important to keep food safety in mind when packing for the games. Below are 4 simple tips to keep your food safe once it leaves the kitchen.
Step 1: Transfer food quickly
Transfer perishable food items from the refrigerator or freezer directly into the designated cooler you will be bringing. Place plenty of ice and/or ice packs in the cooler to help keep the items at the right temperature.
Step 2: Keep the coolers cool
The best way to keep perishable food items chilled longer is to keep the coolers insulated and cool. This can be achieved by storing all coolers in the shade and covering them with a light-hued blanket.
Step 3: Keep perishable items on ice
Perishable food items should never be allowed to sit out in the sun for long periods of time. Especially if they are dishes that have been prepared with mayonnaise or diary products.
Step 4: Wash your hands
Make sure everyone that prepares or eats food washes his or her hands beforehand. If there is no access to soap or water, use hand sanitizer instead.
Step 5: Use separate serving spoons
Always use separate serving spoons for each dish. This will prevent cross contamination from occurring.
Adapted from http://sports-recreation.helium.com/how-to/14548-how-to-keep-food-safe-on-the-field