Many people enjoy the warm summer weather by camping; however, a challenge may be what to pack and how to keep your food safe. Here are some tips and food safety recommendations to consider when planning for your next camping adventure.
Do all prep work prior to arriving at your destination. This includes cutting up all fruits, veggies, and other items that require prep work. This will save you time and less hassle when preparing your meals.
Pack snacks in baggies with the right portion for convenience and to avoid overeating.
Know your cooking temps!
- Beef and pork = 145⁰
- Ground beef and pork = 160⁰
- All poultry = 165
Store foods properly! This avoids possible cross-contamination between raw and ready-to-eat foods.
- Have a separate cooler for raw meats.
- Try to leave cooler closed and away from the sun as much as possible.
- Pack the cooler with large ice packs, or blocks of ice, and restock with ice sold by the campground.
- Coolers with cold food must always have ice.
- Temperature should be ≤ 40⁰ F
Know the temperature DANGER ZONE!
- Danger zone = 40⁰ F – 140⁰F
- If food remains in the danger zone for more than 2-hours, DO NOT EAT IT!
Plan a menu so you know how long you will need to keep certain foods cold.
Freeze your meats.
Make sure to put all food in your car or camper at night.
Bring bottled water for drinking if the water there is not safe to drink.
Make sure you have hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes, and dish soap to use before and after eating, and to clean all cooking equipment.
- Homemade trail mix, cut up fruits and veggies, granola bars
Best Camping Breakfasts:
- Oatmeal (just add hot water and enjoy with dried fruit & nuts), bagels, or cold cereal and milk
Go to Camping Dinner:
- Campfire Hobos: put any meat, potatoes, veggies, & cheese on a sheet of foil, wrap it tight, and cook over the fire.
Don’t Forget to pack:
- Napkins, silverware, cups, plates, cooking utensils, seasonings, paper towels, cleaning supplies, flashlight, matches/lighter, trash bags, towels, bug spray, and sunscreen!
Follow these tips and you will be sure to have enjoyable camping experiences throughout the summer.
Blog post written by Annie Marhula, dietetic student.
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