Tips for Terrific Tailgating
Enjoy the football festivities without fear of fat.
Touchdown Tips for Food Safety
According to the American Dietetic Association, the average sports fan
partakes in tailgating five times during a football season. And according to a
recent survey, most tailgaters take unnecessary food-poisoning risks. Food is
often kept at temperatures that promote bacterial contamination. Many
tailgaters also recycle pre-game picnic food to eat again after the game.
Follow these guidelines to keep your food out of the danger zone:
- Make sure foods that will be served cold are cold before you put them in
- Don't use a cooler that's too large. A full cooler will keep foods cold
- Carefully package raw meat. Put it in the bottom of the cooler to avoid
drips and cross-contamination
- Pack coolers just before you leave for the game, and use ice packs to
- Use a thermometer in your cooler to be sure foods stay at or below 40
- Keep coolers out of the sun, perhaps under a tree.
- Bring waterless hand sanitizer or moistened towelettes to keep hands
- Bring a meat thermometer to ensure that burgers and brats are cooked to 160
degrees and chicken breasts to 170 degrees.
- Throw away any perishable foods that are left from your pre-game picnic so
no one will be tempted to eat them after the game.
- Do not leave food unrefrigerated for more than two hours. In hot weather
(90 degrees or above), the time limit is one hour.
These guidelines aren't intended just for those on the traveling team;
follow them even if you're enjoying the showdown from your living room. When
you're equipped with a plan for healthy eating, your tailgate (or television)
party can be a success all the way to the final whistle.