Keeping Food Cold

by pkmcr

Are you travelling this year or perhaps going to the beach for lots of outdoor summer fun? You still need to eat and keeping food cold can be a challenge when it is warm can't it?

Trying to keep food cool when you are away from home, perhaps at the beach or on a camping trip can be a real challenge. Fortunately there are a range of portable coolers and refrigerators available for every possible need.

Whether it’s a day trip to the beach, a five day camping holiday or trekking with friends there are portable coolers suited to every situation.

You and your family might have a reunion or social gathering each year. If you are responsible for preparing some of the food and then transporting it to the venue you may be concerned about keeping it safe for everyone to eat. 

How To Keep Food Cool

Making The Best Use Of Your Portable Cooler

When you are thinking about how to keep food cool remember that means keeping them at or below 40 °F.

Here are some ideas on how to go about it:

  • Why not use the foods you are going to serve to help keep the food cool and safe. So for instance you can add frozen peas in a green salad. Simply make the salad as you would normally however, you should not allow the peas to thaw first. If you are not going to be eating for a while, you will find that the frozen peas will thaw and your salad will be kept cold until it is time to eat.
  • When you are using a portable cooler make sure to pre-cool the cooler before you start to pack it. You can do this by placing a plastic bag with ice into the cooler and then leave it closed for a while. When you are ready to pack your cooler, think about what you are going to need first. Then place your food items into the cooler in the opposite order of what you expect to need them. That means that the items you will need first will then be taken out and the items you need later will be left in the cooler until they are needed.
  • Make sure to place ice packs or perhaps small bags of ice at the bottom of your cooler before you add the food. Then place your food or pre-cooled drinks into the cooler. Once the food is in the cooler, you should place more ice on top before you close the cooler for transportation.
  • If you can you should avoid transporting your cooler in a closed area such as the trunk. It would be much better to keep it in the backseat of your car so that your air conditioning will help keep the items in the cooler cool. One idea that I have found helpful is to insulate the cooler by placing a blanket around it.

If you fill the cooler as full as you can it will help it to stay cold longer.

Portable Coolers and Refrigerators

Coleman 48 Can Party Stacker Cooler

With the Coleman Party Stacker-Inchs unique stackable, color-coded design, you-Inchll want more than one for parties, tailgating, BBQs and more. The Party Stacker features a cle...

Coleman Company  / $32.99  $28.25

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Coleman 20 Can Party Stacker Cooler

With the Coleman Party Stacker-Inchs unique stackable, color-coded design, you-Inchll want more than one for parties, tailgating, BBQs and more. The Party Stacker features a cle...

Coleman  / $29.99  $20.28

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Coleman 40 Quart PowerChill Thermoelectric Cooler

Chill or warm your food and drinks at the office, in your dorm room or on the road in a Coleman PowerChill 40 Quart Thermoelectric Cooler. As an iceless cooler it chills everyth...

Coleman  / $129.99  $108.99

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Rubbermaid Cooler, 10 qt., Red (FG2A1104MODRD)

The Rubbermaid FG2A1104MODRD 10 Quart Personal Ice Chest Cooler - Red is perfect for a quick trip to the pool or ball park, the 10-quart Cooler holds 12 cans plus ice. Its super...

Rubbermaid  / $20.53  $13.51

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Arctic Zone Titan 16 Can Zipperless Cooler, Silver

The Titan 16 can zipper less cooler still has ice after 2 days! deepfreeze high performance insulation with Radiant heat barrier and a triple layer cold block base combine to cr...

California Innovations  / Only $30.99

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Updated: 10/05/2014, pkmcr
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How Do You Keep Food Cool On Your Summer Outings?

petunia on 07/10/2011

Pre-cooling the cooler makes sense but I doubt I have ever done it!

tandemonimom on 07/04/2011

Precooling the cooler is a great idea!

RhondaAlbom on 07/04/2011

Lots of great advice here. I think the most important is "make sure to pre-cool the cooler" it makes such a difference.

ohcaroline on 07/03/2011

You do have to be so careful with food when camping. I always tried to have everything as prepared as you aren't opening the cooler lid so much losing the cold air.

Guest on 07/03/2011

This time of year food can go bad quickly and still look good. Coolers are must haves.

TerriRexson on 07/03/2011

Just what we needed for a day on the beach yesterday. It was much more convenient to have a picnic lunch with us.

dustytoes on 07/03/2011

I like the coolers with a handle and wheels so I can drag it to the beach myself. Keeping food cold was always a big issue when I lived in Florida, but well-made coolers will keep food cold for hours.

kimbesa on 07/02/2011

Very warm here, and these are great ideas for keeping food cold for the picnic and cook out...thanks!

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