Holiday Entertaining: Keep Food and Drinks Cool Outside

If you're entertaining for the holidays, the refrigerator can fill up quickly. Luckily, many of us have extra refrigeration space at the ready this time of year – on the porch, deck or fire escape. It's not just for kegs of beer!

Most often, we see drinks being kept cold outdoors, but it works for food, too. A Chicago blogger at Food on the Dole recently mentioned keeping a pot of lamb stock out on the fire escape for two days, secured with a brick on top and checked occasionally for signs of critters. It made it through unscathed.

Of course, it might not be doable if temperatures drop too low – you don't want exploding champagne bottles or food frozen solid if you're going to be serving it soon.

Do you keep food or drinks outside in the winter?

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