Coolers are true to their name. They are meant to keep things cool. From sandwiches, to sodas, and even ice cream, insulated coolers have been a staple at tailgates, parties, picnics, and other outdoor events for years. While they’re great items, which can certainly come in handy at many different times, it is important to remember that like other things, insulated coolers require special care and cleaning after you use them.
The first thing that you should remember when using one of these coolers is that you should never put lukewarm food or drinks inside of them and expect these items to get cold. Only food and other items that are already cold should be placed inside of an insulated cooler.
Moreover, you should always keep insulated coolers in the shade. You get hot when you stand out in the sun, right? So does your cooler! Leaving a cooler under the sun can cause essential parts of it, such as zippers and other surfaces, to melt. If the place where you’re picnicking doesn’t offer any shade, try to keep your cooler covered up with a light colored towel.
One of the most important things to remember is that you should never, under any circumstances, bring perishable items with you on a picnic, leave them in the cooler, and then eat them later. Whether it’s a jar of your favorite condiment, a gallon of milk, or any other perishable item, do not attempt to eat it after leaving it in a cooler. Even if you eat your picnic food and then have some leftover, it’s just best to throw it away – especially after it has been sitting out in the heat for an extended period of time.
The single most important rule of insulated coolers is keeping them clean. Maintaining the cleanliness of your cooler can prevent the growth of bacteria such as mold and mildew. When you’re cleaning your cooler, utilize bleach water or some sort of alcohol-based wipe.
An integral part of cleaning the cooler is drying it out. Once you have cleaned it, wipe away any excess moisture and then set it out in the sun so that it can dry. This allows water inside of small scratches or cracks on your cooler to dry up. After the cooler has been exposed to sunlight for a few hours, bring it inside and wipe it out one more time.
Category: Picnic Planning