Mobile meals require small arranging and can be as simple or as elegant as you’d like. For outside feasting in a dash, pick cool deli chicken, crusty bread, fresh fruit and a wedge of cheddar.
If you have a couple of minutes to save, collect a lunch of savory turkey subs, chilled salad skewers and sweet home-baked treats. Then again, if you prefer flame-broiled fare, tote along the things you’ll need to fix your favorites on the grill.
Consider pressing two holders—a picnic basket for tableware and nonperishable things and a cooler for icy food and refreshments.
To make it simple to get at the things you need when you arrive at your picnic site, pack your basket in reverse order. Place nonperishable food on the bottom, then serving things and tableware, lastly the tablecloth on top.
No basket? No stresses! Load your goodies into a sturdy cardboard box, plastic canister or even a backpack.
In case you’re feeding many people, bring two coolers. Since regular opening of a cooler allows the cool air to get away, use one for much of the time used things, for example, drinks. Use the second cooler for perishable foods like meats and salads.
Closely estimate how much food your group will eat to avoid leftovers. Unless they can be kept very cold or extremely hot, leftovers of perishable things should be thrown away.
Save extra condiment packets from fast-food restaurants to bring along on your picnic—the packs are perfect for simple open air dinners.
Bring along plastic bags to truck home dirty dishes and silverware, and for garbage in case that there are no trash barrels at the picnic site.
Cold sandwiches, chilled salads and frosty drinks truly hit the spot on warm days. To guarantee these things stay cool—and safe to eat—remember these rules:
Cold foods should be kept at 40°F or colder.
At the point when pressing a cooler, it should to be around 25% ice and 75% food. Place ice on the bottom and at the sides of the cooler. At that point put the heaviest and most perishable foods on top of the ice. Fill in with lighter things.
Exchange chilled foods directly from the icebox to the cooler. Try not to use the cooler to chill warm or room temperature things.
A full cooler will stay colder longer than one that is mostly empty, so pick a appropriate sized cooler. If that food doesn’t totally fill your cooler, include more ice.
Large pieces of ice soften more slowly than ice cubes. If you plan to be gone for a moment, use pieces of ice rather than ice cubes. Simply fill clean empty milk cartons with water and freeze.
To protect your cooler from the sun’s rays, place it in the shade when you arrive at your picnic spot.
At the point when setting out chilled salads or other icy foods, consider putting the serving compartments in a bigger container loaded with ice to keep them icy.
Abstain from pressing mayonnaise and frozen yogurt based dishes that can turn terrible or melt in the sun.
Flame broiling Tips
While subs and different sandwiches are regular in the open air passage, flame broiled sustenances are famous, as well. On the off chance that you plan to cook meats, for example, chicken, steak, burgers or wieners at your excursion site, notice these supportive clues:
Wrap crude meat, poultry or fish separately from cooked foods in hermetically sealed plastic holders or resealable plastic sacks.
Freeze meats before packing so they stay frosty longer. This is especially important if you should fly out a long distance to the picnic location or if the foods won’t be grilled immediately upon landing.
Don’t partially cook foods at home to speed up cooking at the picnic site; microscopic organisms becomes quicker in mostly cooked foods.
Hot foods should to be kept at 140°F or more smoking and should to be eaten within 2 hours of being cooked.
Fun Picnic Ideas
Equipped with the above tips and a packed picnic basket, you’re prepared to go. All that is left is picking a place to spread out your portable feast. Consider the banks of a nearby lake or stream, a nearby stop or a shady spot in your own backyard. At that point sit back, relax and enjoy a photo perfect picnic with these fun ideas:
Make getting to the picnic a scavenger chase. Leave clues or a “fortune” map for your family to discover their way to the picnic goal.
Bring along a table game, bocce ball, a softball and catcher’s glove or a Frisbee for some open air fun. In the event that children will go along with you, attempt to pick a park with a playground nearby.
Plan a hike and bring the picnic with you. Stop when you get hungry or locate a beautiful spot to eat.
Set the mood with a sunset picnic. If it’s allowed, bring a couple of votive candles and a little bunch of flowers to add to the ambience.
Think about packing a picnic for others, whether it’s for your children in the terrace, your neighbors nearby or even a colleague needing some lunchtime fun.