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Is that safe to eat? Tips to protect your food when the summer temps soar.

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.

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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.Melting_ice_cream_on_a_bridge.jpg

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?

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You can do a few things to protect yourself and your family.

  1. Run any errands you have to before you go grocery shopping. No stops after.
  2. 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 cream ilya-ilyukhin-120115
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Buy ice or some stores sell ice packs or frozen water.
  6. Take your perishable stuff in first. Sodas and pasta can wait until you have in the meat, dairy and frozen food in the house.
  7. 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?

Thanks Pamela


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I am from Oklahoma. Now living the dream in Arizona. I'm a sassy, creative and outspoken southern gal. I believe that if you can read you can go anywhere. One of my favorite sayings is "If you knew you could not fail what would you do?" I enjoy helping other people. My friends know that I’m the queen of useless trivial knowledge and I will not hesitate to use it.

10 thoughts on “Is that safe to eat? Tips to protect your food when the summer temps soar.

  1. Excellent advice! We don’t get anywhere near that hot, but I did end up getting a small cooler the other day at the store, worried about some meat and dairy items getting to hot in there on the drive home. Now, I have a car cooler for future trips!

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    1. Thanks. You were wise to not take chances. Before we had a grocery store in our little town, ice cream was something you absolutely did not buy from June to September. There was no way it would make the 30 minute drive in our excessive heat. So glad that has been resolved. LOL

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      1. Ice cream is definitely the last thing that gets put in the car and cart these days – the ten minutes from there to the house are always iffy when it comes to making it.

        Now, during winter? We have the opposite problem – coming home with everything frozen!

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  2. Great tips Pam. I love Arizona. We’ve been wintering there for the past few years. And I’ve been there in August too. I love the dry heat. Maybe Canadians appreciate those hot summers a little more, lol. But I’d like to add, even here in summer it can get quite hot and humid. When I go grocery shopping in summer I take cooler bags with me and insert an icepack in each bag. My food remains frozen until I get home. even if I have to make a quick stop along the way. 🙂


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