3 Tips On How To Make
Your Picnic Foolproof
The sun is out and the grass is green. Outside is the only place to eat right now, and a picnic is on the calendar. Dining alfresco is always a good idea in theory, but the tiniest malfunction can derail your day. Here's a quick guide to a foolproof picnic.
Pack It Up
Keep your food cold and keep it light. Insulated picnic food totes are great for keeping your food cold enough so it's safe to eat, but once you lay out your spread under the warmth of the sun it's difficult to control the temperature. Stick to simple snacks and sandwiches and steer clear of food containing eggs, mayonnaise or dairy – those items tend to spoil very quickly if they're not refrigerated. So, if you have to have your potato salad, make it German or serve it at your own risk.
Nothing is spill-proof but there are ways to minimize your chances of losing your drink to Mother Nature. Travel with individual drink servings such as bottles, cans, and juice pouches, as sealed containers in transit reduce the risk of spills in the car. At the park, small tables or drink holders with stakes keep drinks upright in the grass. A small cutting board also acts as a hard surface to keep drinks steady on a grassy knoll. If cups are preferred, there are reusable cups with lids and straws you can knock over with minimal spillage.
Birds, Bees and Everything in Between
Once you leave the comfort of your own kitchen you're exposing yourself and your food to anything Mother Nature might throw your way, including critters. A good mat or picnic blanket can create a barrier between you and ants or other insects. Remember to pack your food in sealable containers, and when you serve the food make sure it's all covered. Gulls, pigeons and bugs have no fear of humans if food is on the line. Keep yourself covered, too. Having a good bug repellent device or spray will better allow for an itch-free picnic.
Eating outdoors is a fun way to enjoy the limited time we have in the sunshine. Make sure it's safe, comfortable and disaster-free. Also be sure to remember to leave your park as you found it: dispose of garbage and recyclables in the proper bins or take your waste with you.