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Healthy Camping Foods
Summer is the time to get out the camping gear and head outdoors. In addition to the hot dogs and s’mores, consider packing some of the following choices to balance out meals and snacks.
Hot Dogs and Food Safety
The same general food safety guidelines apply to hot dogs as to all perishable foods: keep hot foods hot and cold foods cold. When you buy hot dogs, refrigerate or freeze them promptly. Never leave hot dogs at room temperature for more than 2 hours or 1 hour if it is 90 degrees or higher.
Although hot dogs are fully cooked, those at higher risk for food borne illness – including pregnant women, preschoolers, older adults, and anyone with a weakened immune system – should reheat hot dogs until steaming hot because of the risk of listeriosis.
Listeria monocytogenes is the bacteria that causes listeriosis:
Serves: 4 (1 cup per serving)
Nutrition information (per serving): 60 calories, 4g total fat, 1g saturated fat, 7.5mg cholesterol, 35mg sodium, 7g total carbohydrates, 1g fiber, 0g sugar, 1g protein
Recipe courtesy of USDA, Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), Eat Smart. Play Hard.™
Resources: Food Safety and Inspection Service, USDA: https://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsis/home
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