Beat the Heat and Save Your Groceries
With temperatures soaring well into the triple digits (112? Really? Again? Ahh!), it’s important to keep in mind that groceries can spoil quickly in the car during long trips into town or even multiple stops while shopping. The Lawton Constitution ran a great article reminding us that it doesn’t take much time at all for the car to reach food spoiling conditions and it even has a few tips on how to keep your groceries safe during your grocery shopping trips.
Read Heat has Potential to Spoil Trip for Groceries thanks to the Lawton Constitution and Nan (for forwarding this great article) which includes info on just how fast that food can spoil when left in a vehicle.
Tips for Keeping Groceries Cool:
Keep a Cooler or Ice Chest in your Car
- Reader Mary uses 2 Liter bottles in an Ice Chest to keep her purchases cool on her long drive from town to home. If you prefer to use ice but find yourself low while you’re out be sure to check out the Ice House in front of Pat’s Wash Tub on Lee (link to map) for bags or ‘Fill Your Cooler’ Self Serve Ice Station. This gets you 16LB bags or 20LBs of ice in your ice chest for only $2. Much cheaper than the nearly $2 measly 10LB ice bags at other places. We tried it out on our way to Lake Lawtonka for the 4th of July and were impressed with the concept and hated to buy more ice at Walmart in the middle of our camping trip.
Store Your Purchases Closer to the AC
- Store things in the backseat of your vehicle rather than the trunk so they are cool at least while you have the AC running. Better yet, keep the frozen and refrigerated stuff in the floorboard of the front seat for quick trips to help you remember to take them inside first and keep them closest to the cold air during the drive.
Keep Perishable Food Together at Checkout
- I’m big about this one anyway, I like my canned items together, boxes together, etc. If you keep all of your frozen, refrigerated, or produce items together it keeps you from finding a lonely cheese slice packet spoiled and unusable once you finally make it home.
Shop in the Evening
- Of course, the heat is the worst in the daytime so it would help to shop at night but, if you can’t; just keep the tips above in mind to help save your groceries.