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Summer is coming with outdoor parties, BBQs, and entertaining outdoors! Can't wait.

Outdoor parties also mean the food is out of doors. How do you have a safe and delicious summer party outside?
Now You Know
In the last newsletter, we looked at using a food thermometer to measure the temperature of meat, fish, and eggs that you are cooking.

For a quick preview on why you should use a food thermometer, watch this 25-second video...

There are more uses for food thermometers than with cooking. In the summer, we also need a food thermometer to make sure that our cold foods stay cold for safety and quality.
What Are The Foods To Keep Cold?
Food poisoning rises significantly during the summer because we eat outside and leave our food outside in the heat.

What are the risky foods to keep cold:
  • Any foods with mayonnaise
  • Any foods with sour cream, cream, milk, whipped cream, or custard
  • Any foods with cold cuts or sandwich meats
  • Any foods with hard-boiled eggs, shrimp, fish, meat
  • Any raw meat, fish, seafood, or foods made with these items

Examples of risky foods:
  • Potato salad
  • Deviled eggs
  • Sushi & Shrimp rings
  • Sandwiches with meats, fish, egg, and/or mayonnaise
  • Meat & fish salads
  • Guacamole & Hummus
  • Pasta, vegetable salads with olive oil (no eggs, meat, fish, or seafood)
Less Risky Foods:
  • Fresh, washed crudités (the dip may need to be on ice)
  • Pickled vegetables & Roasted vegetables
  • Fresh washed fruits
  • Condiments & salsas
  • Snacks like chips, popcorn & nuts
  • Fruit bars & Crunchy cookies with no icing
  • Zucchini chips & roasted chickpeas

These foods should be stored in the shade and covered. The heat and sun can change their quality, make them hard or soft or brown, but they should still be safe to eat after one or two hours outside.
How Long Can Cold Foods Stay In The Heat?
These are the recommendations from the US and Canadian governments for the maximum time to keep refrigerated foods out in the heat.

Otherwise, these foods should be kept between 0 - 4 C or 32 to 40 F.
Here are links to three government websites with recommendations on keeping food cold.

What Is The Danger Zone?
This is the temperature danger zone for any food that needs to be cooked or refrigerated to remain safe to eat.

These foods should not be kept between 4 c to 60 C or 40 F to 140 F, because bacteria can grow in that temperature range.

Bacteria grow fast. For example, one E. coli can grow to 4,294,967,296 in two hours. This is the exponential growth that bacteria have. That is much more than is necessary to make you sick. Just letting foods that need to be refrigerated stay out in the heat for two hours, then putting them in the fridge is not enough, as you can see from this exponential growth. You also need to follow the tips below.

How Can You Keep Foods Cold Outside In The Heat?

  1. Put all foods in the shade.
  2. Cover all foods.
  3. Put the foods mentioned above in containers in ice baths.
  4. Or put the foods mentioned above in a cooler with ice.
  5. Put foods out for people to serve themselves, then put them back in the refrigerator, and take them out later if people want more.
  6. If foods are out for the maximum time allowed, and they have been stored in with ice, put them in the refrigerator.
  7. Use a food thermometer to make sure that your cold foods are staying cold.
  8. If foods are out for more than the maximum time, discard them.
How To Use A Food Thermometer
For tips on how to keep food cold, check out this video.

Or read my blog post here...
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Do You Want To Clean Green
Do you want to use non-toxic eco-friendly products to clean the house, the dishes, the clothes, and everything in your kitchen and home?

These eco-friendly cleaning products come from Shaklee. It is their Get Clean Starter Kit with all the basic cleaners that you need in the home, as well as two extras that I got. How are these green cleaners packaged? What are the ingredients or ingredients not present that make these products part of a sustainable, eco-friendly home and help you clean green? I look at these questions.

Plus, I do an overview of some of the common chemicals found in regular cleaning products and what are some of the risks of these chemicals to people and the environment. Chemicals like: phosphates, phthalates, sulphates, tricolsans, quats, butoxyethanol, chlorine.

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To make the process as easy and efficient as possible, I created a really quick way to do meal planning. Check it out here...
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