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Folks, it's spring and you know what that means? Picnic season is right around the corner. If you entertain like I do with food sitting out buffet style while kids and dogs run around, then these new containers might be something you'll want to watch out for!

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At potlucks and summer picnics, usually the meal sits out while everyone plays catch-up — great for conversation, but less great for food that needs to be kept cool. Recently, I came across these plastic storage containers at my local WalMart retailing for around $10 each. (Please excuse my feet!)

The base of each container can be filled with ice and then a plastic insert is placed over top to hold your ingredients or finished dish. It's an easy concept that  can be replicated at home fairly easily, though these ready-made containers are handy for toting a dish to a friend's house. I couldn't find a link to purchase them online, but keep an eye out for these or similar products at places like WalMart and Target.

These containers could definitely be a lifesaver come summer — just some extra reassurance that our favorite foods are chilled to perfection. 

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