January 22, 2021 2 min to read
Things to keep in mind for packing the perfect picnic
Can you remember how many times you packed lunch, only to end up with soggy and miserable looking sandwiches? Well, if it’s an office or school lunch you can easily rely on a granola bar for a quick meal and avoid the funny tasting pasta salad.
But what happens when you are at a picnic and your snacks are ruined because you haven’t packed them well enough. You have to admit, it is fairly disappointing to starve after a day of fun and adventure on the beach.
There are three things you need for a perfect picnic- good weather, proper ambiance, and divine tasting foods. Missing out on satisfying food just might suck all the fun out of your picnic.
If you don’t want that to happen, make sure you keep these points in mind for packing food for a picnic.
Remember Food Safety
One of the major downsides of a warm-weather picnic is that the foods can get easily spoiled if you leave them warm.
Even if your foods look good on the outside despite keeping them under the direct sun for more than two hours, bacteria might develop.
Ending up with food poisoning after attending a picnic is not something you want, you should keep food safety in mind.
Depending on your picnic destination, you might have to keep the food inside the picnic hamper for several hours; leaving no option other than to keep it cold.
Besides, packing cooked food while they are still warm and steaming is another reason for food getting spoiled.
So, invest in a cooler or keep a frozen water bottle beside your food boxes. And while packing cooked food, make sure you refrigerate it for some time so they get a chance to cool down.
Pick Finger Foods
If you are still debating about spring roll vs egg roll or whether to include scotch eggs or sausage rolls in your picnic menu, you might consider some fun and easy finger foods.
Finger foods are the best for a picnic, they don’t require any silverware, and any portioning and they don’t make a mess as they are mostly dry. The only thing you have to keep in mind is to wash your hands before eating.
Unless you plan on a several course brunch for your picnic, foods like fruits and dips, cut veggies and hummus, crackers and cheese or snack bar can keep you more than full.
Ensure Proper Storage
Salads and sandwiches might be the staple for your picnic; but how to pack them without being soggy and wilted? The trick is to pack all the components separately in different containers…
Continue reading the article and learn more about picnics on Daisy Linden’s blog.