It’s finally gridiron season, which means time for football tailgating. Whether your buddies are heading to an NFL game or your family is going to your alma mater for some college ball, football games are always a great way to spend an autumn weekend.
Of course, your day can get sidelined quickly if your food isn’t properly packaged and kept cool. Keep on the offense with these helpful tips for maintaining your tailgate food:
1. Keep your cooler cold and airtight.
We can’t stress enough how important it is for your food to stay cold and in airtight packages. That’s even why we created TempEndure® engineered systems (brochure). Warm beer is gross, but rotten meat is dangerous. Make sure that you have a nice cooler, and don’t skimp on the ice.
2. Pack your cooler to allow the most food.
3. Use frozen water bottles to keep your cooler cold.
Placing frozen water bottles in your cooler will do two things: (1.) Keep your food cold, and (b.) Provide you with nice cool water once they thaw.
4. Use an empty laundry detergent dispenser as a hand washing station.
Especially when you’re cooking raw meat, it’s incredibly important to keep your hands clean. This sample hack will help everyone keep clean and safe.
5. Bring an extra cooler or tub.
You need somewhere to put your dirty dishes and extra food as you finish things. You don’t want it to be mixed in with the food that people are eating — gross! — so bring an extra tub for everything that is ready to take home. You’ll thank us when you don’t get salmonella.
Whatever you’re tailgating — a football game, a basketball game, a Game of Thrones — it’s a great excuse to have a good party.