Summer is here! You know what that means—time to pack up your lunch and head to the park or beach for a family picnic. We’ve got everything you need to ensure a smooth, safe, and memorable experience.
If you’re picnicking in the backyard, you shouldn’t have to worry about your food going bad before you eat it. However, if your destination is a drive away and you plan to enjoy some family fun before eating, you’ll need to select your picnic menu carefully.
First, consider skipping mayo-heavy salads, which spoil relatively quickly in the sun. Instead, opt for vinegar-based bean, grain, or pasta salads. Then, never keep perishables out of the cooler for longer than two hours.
Choose thick, hardy bread for sandwiches, and assemble them strategically. Place meat and cheese against the bread and tomato and lettuce in the center to help prevent these wet ingredients from turning your bread soggy.
Skip the traditional picnic basket, and pack your food in a hard-sided cooler. Rather than having ice take up too much space, fill water bottles two-thirds full and freeze them the day before. When packing for your picnic, top off the bottles with water and place them at the bottom of your cooler. They’ll help keep your food cold and provide ice-cold drinks to go with your meal. Pack everything else in sturdy leftover containers to avoid spilling or crushing.
Along with food, plan to pack these handy items for your picnic:
Try these recipes for a tasty spin on classic picnic foods:
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