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Safe Picnics and Lunches

Barbara Willenberg, Former Associate State Nutrition Specialist

Jo Britt-Rankin, State Nutrition Specialist


The Best Choice
Draw a line under the best answer.

1. If you can't keep a sandwich cold until lunch time you should take:

Tuna Salad Peanut Butter/Jelly Roast Beef
2. The safest pie to take to potluck dinner is a:
Custard Pie Lemon Meringue Pie Apple Pie
3. If you want to serve hamburger at your picnic, it's best to:
Keep them frozen and on ice until it is time to grill them.
Cook them at home and keep them warm until it is time to eat.
Buy them at a fast food restaurant and keep them in the car until it is time to eat.
Perishable Foods
(Keep cold or hot. Don't leave at room temperature for more than two hours.)
  • Meat, fish or poultry
  • Lunchmeat (cold cuts)
  • Hard-cooked or deviled eggs
  • Cream cheese or cottage cheese
  • Salads (potato, macaroni, tuna or egg)
  • Cream, pudding or custard pies
  • Milk or yogurt


Safe Foods
(Don't need to be kept cold or hot)


  • Peanut butter
  • Raw fruit
  • Raw vegetables like carrot and celery sticks*
  • Pickles and olives
  • Hard cheese*
  • Fruit Juice, soft drinks, lemonade
  • Cookies, bread, crackers
  • Pretzels, popcorn or chips
  • Unopened canned foods 

*These should be refrigerated after 3-4 hours.


This document is also available as a pdf file here.


Last Updated 10/25/2007










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