Coolers & Totes are made to preserve food & drink
These totes and coolers will help to keep supplies organized and drinks at their proper temperature when picnicking or camping. The Kelty Folding Coolers are available in three sizes and collapsible for easy storage when not in use. Picnic Time offers many different varieties of coolers and totes to suit your needs. The Buccaneer Tailgate Cooler stores drinks while doubling as a grill. The Cellar Wine Tote can accommodate up to six bottles of wine and comes in a trolley version for easy transport. The Picnic Time Verdugo can keep food and drinks cold while also making separate space for picnic supplies of up to four people. Other totes from Picnic Time store different amounts of food or drink, with several divided up into zippered compartments to carry supplies.
It is important to consider the parameters of your picnic or camping trip when choosing a cooler or picnic tote, such as the number of people participating or the duration of the meal. Keep foods sealed in containers that will not leak and use hard containers for softer food. Note that coolers and other insulated totes are not meant to be used as a refrigerator or freezer. A well packed cooler can keep food or beverages cold for several hours, however they are not meant to preserve food temperature for an extremely long time. Nor do they re-chill food that has been kept out for an extended period. Keeping the cooler closed will extend the temperature duration.
When packing a cooler...
It is advisable not to put loose ice cubes in soft coolers - ice packs are preferable
When possible try to pack beverages and food in separate coolers - the beverage cooler will be opened more often
Pre-chilling beverages and packing them first and the ice/ice packs last keeps them cooler for a longer time
When packing food place the ice/ice packs in first - frozen bottles of water also work
Foods should be in sealed, air tight containers
- Full coolers maintain their chill longer than a half empty cooler
Hot packs can be used to keep foods warm - wrapping hot food in aluminum foil will also preserve the heat
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