From coast to coast, up to 50 million people tailgate on any given weekend. Before you commit a party foul, see what Martie Duncan of Martie Knows Parties has to say about keeping your pre-game warm up FUN and SAFE with a little help from plastics.
“It’s game day, and we’re here at the University of Alabama, where tailgating is king! Did you know that up to 50 million people tailgate on any given weekend? That’s a lot of food. We’re going to show you some of the best and most innovative ways to keep your tailgate not only fun, but safe.
Proper packaging and handling is key to food safety. And a recent survey revealed that many tailgaters could do more to help their goodies stay fresh. It’s time for some officiating! Every game day needs a ref and I’m the ref of this tail gate. I’m looking for people who are committing violations. You know, party fouls? Let’s go see what we can find. C’mon!
Plastic containers can help keep cold foods cold—like this potato salad. Listen, you’ve got a magnificent tail gate display here. But I do see one thing that I do think you need some help with. One thing that’s important is to keep cold foods cold. This has been sitting out for a little bit. But it’s really easy to make an ice bath. I found this top to the cookies down there. Turn it over, fill it with ice, and then we’re going to put this potato salad down in there, and look—we keep our cold foods cold.
Plastic bags can help keep bugs and dirt off food, and it’s a good idea to separate things that probably shouldn’t touch. Party foul! Did you just get ice for your cup out of that? You know, that ice could have been contaminated. Yeah. Just think about it, people put their hands in there and their hands have been all kinds of places before they get the ice. One way to prevent that is to put clean ice in a plastic bag. Keep it in the cooler. That way, any time you want to get ice, you can take it from the clean ice.
Plastic coolers are great for getting food on ice. You probably shouldn’t leave food out for more than two hours, and plastic airtight containers help to keep food fresh.
You are not getting ready to put that cooked chicken in that used container, were you? No, no, no. Using a dirty container can make people sick. You don’t want to do that, do you? A clean container can prevent cross-contamination. So let’s load up those beautiful chicken legs right in here, what do you say? I’m not even going to give you a ticket this time.
So as long as you’ve got a game plan in place, and you know what you’re doing, tailgating can be easy, simple and fun. We’d love to hear from you! Tell us how you use plastics to make your tailgating easy. Find us on Facebook at Plastics Make it Possible. I’m Marty Duncan. Hey, could I have one of those? From Plastics Make it Possible.