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Amelia Islander

Picnic in a Cooler

Aug 28, 2013 02:00AM
We all use our coolers and ice chests to keep our food cold, right? But did you know that you can keep food hot in a cooler, as well? The key to keeping the food at the right temperature is to thoroughly clean the inside of your cooler with hot, soapy water. Then boil a couple of gallons of water in a pot on the stove. Pour the boiling water directly into the cooler and close the lid. Keep the water in there for about 30 minutes, then carefully dump in out in the sink, and place your hot food into the cooler and close the lid. Your food will stay hot for several hours.

My family loves picnics but we all get a little lazy when we’re out in the sun at the beach. Cooking over a hot grill on a super hot day is a stifling chore. So what we do is prepare our food before we leave the house on our way to our picnic, using aluminum foil to wrap everything up before placing it in the cooler. Then when everyone is ready to eat, so is our food! Some of the foods that keep well in our hot cooler are pulled pork, baked beans, corn, chicken, and hot dogs. (Hamburgers don’t hold well for this application.) Take a second cooler for your cold items like potato salad and drinks. Spending more time having fun with my family, rather than doing all that on-site cooking, well, that’s my kind of picnic. Happy Labor Day!