Hey, it’s Owen here. I wanted to share couple of my tips and thoughts on how to effectively pack coolers for your next camping or picknic trip.
No better joy explains the part at which picnickers seek maximum pleasure while camping. And experiencing joy to the fullest is guaranteed through sharing of freshly preserved foods, among invitees, which are best enjoyed while relaxing in the shades in a sunny afternoon.
There are a couple of times whereby camping experiences are being ruined by a distasteful meal, which is usually caused by the insufficient use of reliable resources for preserving the delicacies of perishable food items.
Considering the hot climate, and the influx of bacteria, keeping food fresh can be a daunting task. Therefore, careful planning and packing beforehand is necessary so as to avoid contaminating food items and poisoning in the process.
In this case, we shall be examining the steps for preserving fresh food with the use of (good) coolers, while considering camping or picnicking as a form of relaxation.
Ensure Visiting the Kitchen before Camping
A lot of picnickers are carried away by the euphoria of a splendid outing without considering the preservative methods that could have averted a disastrous picnic experience.
In order to avoid such an occurrence, it is advisable thatpicnikers who plan to host a small or large number of friends should ensure that their food items are proportional to the amount of resources that will be available to retain the fresh taste of their food items.
Such was the case with a neighbour of mine, who decided to send out invitations for a celebration, having been awarded a contract running into a hugh amount of money. On the D-day, arriving at the venue, I noticed that while the invitees were being served glasses of champagne, there was an unpleasant look on the faces of these guests. Some could hardly breathe, others were yet having a good time, not detered by the nauseating smell which greeted the atmosphere.
It was later on discovered that my neighbour’s wife decided to fill up a cooling apparatus with meat and host of expensive drinks, owing to the large number of invitees that turned up for the event. The effect of that clumsy arrangement left a host of individuals unperturbed, and feeling reluctant to attend an event at which my neighbour announced a new date for his first child’s naming ceremony.
So, in order to lessen the risk of cross-contamination, as likened to the scenario created at my neighbour’s camping experience, food items that require a lot of fresh tomatoes, pepper and chilli, in liquid form, could be frozen and kept in a separate cooler.
Also, wine, beverages and table water could be well arranged in a cooler, covering it with a nylon, before placing a frozen soups in the cooler along with the drinks, depending on the picnickers descression: this is permitted if there are limited resources for food preservation.
Employing this strategy will save a whole lot of picnickers an embarrassing situation, who are planning to execute a well-crafted event to soothing the tasting experience of their invited guests.
Ensure your Coolers are Airtight
There are times whereby the large number of invitees received unexpectedly into a host camp could leave the camp host disorientated by the idea of meeting the appetite of these large sums of people.
So, in a bid to meeting with time and considering the merger resources, picnickers unnecessarily over pack food items into a cooler, without considering the air that will thaw up most frozen items in a loosely closed cooler.
A better way of avoiding this messy situation is ensuring that food items are properly arranged in coolers in such a way that air will be compact, leaving food items and beverages stay cool and fresh for a very long time.
Freeze Meats at High Temperature for Extended Trips
Storing up food items can be of great challenge, especially if the food item for camping are meats. If you are planning an extended camping trip, freeze the meat before putting it in the cooler.
This way the meat will stay cold long enough and you reduce the risk of spoilage, and of course a nauseating smell.
However, there are times whereby a camp host is inaccessible to using electric power supply for freezing up meats for extended trips. Here, before embarking on such an extended trip, it is advisable that the camp host employ other forms of preserving meat if power is unreliable.
Salting for instance can also be used to preserve meat for extended trips, even if such a food item is placed in a cooler for a good number of hours.
Employ Pre-chilling Methods for Food and Beverages before Camping
Most of the time, picnickers erroneously pack food stuffs and beverages without pre-chilling them. The idea is that, while embarking on an extended trip, food and beverages would have soked up frost.
Unfortunately, after serving the beverages, one would notice a disgusting look on the faces of invited guest, who are forced to gulplukwarm beverages. So, the idea of pre-chilling saves the unrealist thought that coolers are designed to make food cold, after filling up a cooler with ice and warm beverages or food items.
Avoid Using a Single Cooler for Storing Multiple Foods and Beverages
Considering how exciting picnic outings can be, cooler lids are constantly detached from the cooler on several occassions. This is due to the rushing demand of picnickers who are delighted by having a taste of whatever food items or beverages that have been provided by the picnic host. Initially, children are the culpable ones, who are always visiting coolers at picnics indiscriminately.
Such an action could ruin a picnic, if all the food items and beverages are all loaded up in a single cooler. Providing a separate cooler for beverages will not only keep your meat fresh, but also avoid cross-contamination of food and beverages when visiting the coolers at regular intervals, during the course of the picnic.
Avoid Placing Ice at the Base of Coolers
Placing ice on top of coolers has a unique benefit, because cold usually travels downwards when cooler lids are closed properly; a lot of picnicker are ignorant of this dynamic technique for keeping food items from thawing after a very long time on an extensive trip.
Leaving ice at the base of the cooler will sparingly chill food items at the top of the cooler, leaving out other items less chilled. A picniker could decide to crush a large block of ice into smaller chunks and spread them over the food items, layer by layer, in a cooler for proper chilling effect.
Fill up Coolers Excessively
You should never consider leaving your cooler empty. The purpose of filling up empty spaces is to keep the cooler airtight. This method keeps the frost compact, therebyallowing the foods items retain their freshness.
Leaving coolers half-filled with ice on many occassion can leave picnickers dissatisfied to seeing their food items degenerating, especially when such food items are not frozen or pre-chilled before hand.
Never Consider Using the Wrong Ice
The choice of one’s cooler should be determined by the type of ice oneneeds for different types of occassion: for soft-sided coolers, choose ice packs instead, while hard-sided coolers can accommodate larger chunks of ice.
Soft-sided cooler can retain a small amount of beverages and as such will require less heavy ice blocks unlike the hard-sided coolers which are capable of retaining a large amount of ice blocks, coupled with the heavy amount of meal needed for picnicking.
On this note, you must take into consideration these icing techniques in preserving food items that are capable of losing their taste at the slightest exposure to long hours of warm temperature. You do not want your summer picnic ruined? Follow these icing steps religiously.
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