Tailgating Trouble: When You've Left The Food Out Too Long

5:07 PM, Aug 15, 2013   |    comments
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Greensboro, NC --  Tailgating and game day get togethers can last for hours. The problem is, the food you're serving can't.

2WTK asked NC Cooperative Extension Agent Geissler Baker to give us tailgating timetables for fried chicken, potato salad, baked beans, chips and dip.

Baker says if you're serving fried chicken indoors, it can be out on the table for no more than 2 hours. If the chicken is served outside, let's say in 90-degree heat, it should only be out one hour.

Potato salad is about the same. The sugar in the baked beans allows it stay out longer, but no more than 3 hours. When it comes to chips and dip, if it's ranch or dairy based dip don't let it sit out for more than 2 hours. But if its chips and salsa, you can go five or 6 hours.

Baker says the one thing that is guaranteed to make you and your fellow tailgaters sick is your hands. She says the people who prepare the food and the people reaching their hands onto the plate to grab a chip need to have clean hands. She says keep hand sanitizer by. The appearance of clean hands isn't it. She says what you can't see can make everyone sick.

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