Headed to a Fourth of July picnic or hosting? Here are some easy recipes to help you get the party started!
If you find yourself heading to a Fourth of July picnic every year and wondering what to bring with you, wonder no more! There are so many great picnic food ideas that you can easily whip up to bring with you!
Before you get cooking, there are a few things to keep in mind. While you’re busy planning your menu for the Fourth of July, you may forget something very important. Keeping your food fresh and your guests happy and healthy!
During the summer months, there tends to be a large increase in incidents of food poisoning. The warmer temperatures cause bacteria to multiply faster. According to new research released by the International Food Information Council, nearly two-thirds of Americans are not using a food thermometer to regularly check the temperature of meat and poultry.
Four Steps to Food Safety: Clean, Separate, Cook and Chill
- Clean: Make sure you clean all utensils, hands, and surfaces with soapy water. If you’re going to be outside, using a moist towelette is a good idea.
- Separate: Don’t put meat items back on the same plate you used for the raw meat! Make sure you bring two plates for grilling and separate raw meat from fruits and veggies.
- Cook: Hamburgers should be cooked to 160 °Fahrenheit before serving. Remember, just because it’s brown doesn’t mean its safe, use a food thermometer every time.
- Chill: The general rule is to never let food sit at room temperature for more than 2 hours, but once the temps reach 90 °Fahrenheit, that’s reduced to 1 hour.
When cooking this summer simply remember the Four Steps to Food Safety: Clean, Separate, Cook and Chill!
Recipes for Your Next Fourth of July Picnic
From dips to salads to dessert, we have you covered!
The best picnic appetizers for your Fourth of July Party!
From pasta to potato, salads are the perfect side dish for your Fourth of July picnic!
Burgers, hot dogs, and sliders are the perfect main course for your Fourth of July picnic!
Make a toast this Fourth of July!
End the day with these sweet patriotic desserts!