Whether you’re packing a lunch to enjoy poolside, attending a neighborhood cookout or simply having a picnic for the sake of it, eating outside is one of summertime’s greatest pleasures. However nice it can be to spread a blanket and enjoy your sandwich in the sun, the warmer weather can spell danger for perishable foods.
The last thing you want is for your fun outdoor outing to turn into a foodborne-illness nightmare. Make sure infections like salmonella and listeria stay off the guest list with this list of dos and don’ts for picnic food safety.
Luckily, by taking these few precautions, you can enjoy a safe and delicious picnic. And, just for reference, here’s a quick list of go-to picnic foods that are less likely to put you at risk for foodborne illnesses:
Of course, with the proper precautions, you can also feel free to pack traditional picnic favorites, like:
Just don’t forget to follow the dos and don’ts from above to ensure your picnic remains a happy memory for all of your guests.