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Keeping Food Cold Outdoors

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Barbecues and picnics require special attention to safely keep certain foods cold and others at the preferred serving temperature. This is a page about keeping food cold outdoors.


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June 6, 2011

To keep salads and other foods cold when you're cooking and serving out-of-doors, you'll need to do a little bit of planning and know which bowl you'll be putting your salads in ahead of time. Then, take a larger bowl and place the serving bowl in it. Fill both with water and freeze them.

When ready to start serving, bring them out of the freezer early enough to thaw sufficiently, so that you're able to remove the serving bowl. Empty the serving bowl of the ice (keep it for the cooler). Spoon in the salad keeping the serving bowl in the larger one which still has ice, that just fits the serving bowl. This will keep your salad cold and safe for a longer time.

Source: I don't know who taught me this, but I've been using it for years. It works so well. You just need freezer space; although, sometimes that's at a premium around here.

By Julia from Boca Raton, FL

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June 6, 20110 found this helpful

It's great to see this. I've done this before and it works great.


Thanks for sharing.

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June 6, 20110 found this helpful

Wow, I would never have thought of this! What a good idea, you keep the bowl chilled for a long while, and use the ice you froze in the bowl for other things. I like it!

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June 6, 20110 found this helpful

I never would've thought of this!

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June 7, 20110 found this helpful

What a fantastic idea. Thanks for sharing this.

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