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Safe Foods for Picnics

What are some foods that are safe to bring on a picnic? We won’t be cooking anything at the site.

You can bring almost any food on a picnic, but you need to keep perishable foods (salads, cut fruit, meat) cold. Use freezer packs or blocks of ice instead of cubes so your cooler stays cold longer. Be sure to bring your cooler in the passenger compartment of your vehicle, and keep the cooler in the shade out of direct sun.

The sky’s the limit for the menu! How about chicken salad with chopped green grapes in pita pockets, strawberries and melon balls on wooden skewers with yogurt dip, tortilla chips and homemade salsa, and lemonade? Visit
and click on “recipes” for a range of recipe ideas.

Julie Garden-Robinson, Food and Nutrition Specialist, NDSU Extension Service

Featured in Food Wise July 2017 newsletter (PDF)

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