Does this sound familiar? It is Thursday 5:10 and you just go off of work and you have to stop by the grocery store or your family will be eating out again. Your budget and summer body can’t handle that. But the temperature sign on the corner bank is flashing 105 degrees. (that is s cool summer day in Arizona) Your car has been baking in the sun for 9 hours and now 15 minutes of blasting the AC did not really cool it down.
You jump out and rush into the store. Hold on for a minute.
Think about a few things before you load up the cart with meat, dairy, and frozen foods. Sure your boxed foods and staples will be fine in the car but it’s not a good situation.
You know it is hot in your car. But did you think about the fact being that extremely hot temperatures make your car an unsafe environment for your food?
You can do a few things to protect yourself and your family.
- Run any errands you have to before you go grocery shopping. No stops after.
- If you know your ice cream will not make it home don’t buy it. Also chocolate. Of course, if you have to eat it before you get home…no judging here. You gotta do what your gotta do.
- Shop smarter – first load up your staples, then your frozen, next meat and dairy. That way they will be colder since they will be the last items you pick up at the store.
- Keep a cooler in your car. But if it is hot in the car the cooler is a portable oven. Take it into the store with you.
- Buy ice or some stores sell ice packs or frozen water.
- Take your perishable stuff in first. Sodas and pasta can wait until you have in the meat, dairy and frozen food in the house.
- Put all your food in the refrigerator as soon as possible.
Hopefully, these tips will help you keep your food safe for your family this summer.
What are your summer shopping tips?
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