Keeping Food Safe and Fresh While Camping
Keeping your food safe is your number one priority when camping with food. Spoiled food can make you cancel your
camping trip very quickly. You are going to want to pick the food that you bring very carefully when it comes to camping, especially when cooking in hot climates. All raw foods, meats, seafood and anything containing eggs need to be kept safe in coolers.
You will need to ensure that you have plenty of coolers when camping in hot climates and you may choose to avoid certain foods because they spoil quickly. "Keep hot foods hot and cold foods cold" when camping. Meat and poultry products may contain bacteria that can cause food borne illnesses. These foods must be cooked at a temperature above 140 degrees Fahrenheit. Bacteria cannot grow at this temperature. Bacteria also cannot grow rapidly below 40 degrees Fahrenheit. The temperature range between these two temperatures is known as the "Danger Zone" and bacteria can reach dangerous levels within 2 hours. When you are cooking you will want to use a hot campfire or portable stove.
A great idea for saving space is to prepare meals as much as possible at home. You can also save space by splitting up and preparing your different meals in Tupperware containers. This ensures that there is no mixing of juices or fluids. The key to keeping items cold is a lot of ice. In fact, you may need a cooler specifically for ice alone. Of course, your needs are going to depend on how long you will be
as well. If you are going to be
camping for a long period of time or traveling for a long distance without access to buy ice, dry ice, salted ice and block ice can always be used as they last longer than cubes of ice.
Enjoy your camping trip and keeping food safe and fresh while camping.