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Food safety starts before you even get home, learn more from Meridian Honda

By Product Expert | Posted in For Fun, Helpful Advice, Seasonal, Tips and Tricks on Tuesday, May 21st, 2019 at 6:05 pm
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What happens to food in a hot car?

Remember our previous Meridian Honda Blog entry about the dangers of leaving people and pets in a hot vehicle this summer? Of course you do. That subject got us thinking about all of the other things that we might transport this summer, like the food we bring to parties, barbecues and picnics. So, what happens to food in a hot car? Whether you’re bringing your groceries home from the store or bringing a tasty dish to a party, properly storing everything during transport is the key to making sure that everything tastes delicious and nobody gets sick. Bacteria is the number one enemy when it comes to food safety. Let’s take a look at a few things you’ll need to know this summer.

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A little heat and humidity are all it takes for bacteria to thrive on food. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, meat should never be left unrefrigerated for more than two hours. If you’re shopping on a particularly warm day, above 90 degrees, that figure gets cut in half to 60 minutes or less.

If you have to make a lot of stops on a shopping trip, the groceries should be the last thing you buy before heading straight home. This is especially important in the summer. However, if you do forget something or need to make an unexpected stop, try to park your vehicle out of direct sunlight.

Hopefully, you’ve already made the change from plastic shopping bags to reusable ones. You can do yourself some additional favors by also investing in some insulated bags. These will help keep cold foods cold and hot foods hot. In the event you’re shopping in the middle of a real heatwave or traveling a long distance, food safety experts suggest putting a cooler in your vehicle with some ice packs.

Did you know how you bag your groceries can play a major role in safety? The pros suggest bagging frozen food and refrigerated items in their own bags. Meat and fish should be kept separately. Finally, if you can avoid transporting your groceries, or any food in the trunk, that’s the best way to do it. Trunks get incredibly hot and can stay hot for a while.

Would a new Honda vehicle make fulfilling your summer cooking commitments easier? Make an appointment with a Meridian Honda product expert today if you’re interested in taking a look at what we have available.

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