Packing The Perfect Picnic Basket
Those long, lazy summer days are ahead of us now that the kids have all broken up for the summer break, and you need to consider all of the ways that you can pack that time with fun and exciting things to do. The thing is, not everything that you do this summer has to be a thrill seeking adventure, and with the pandemic stopping you from travelling around the world, you have to explore your local area a lot more.
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One of the things that you could be doing with your time this summer’s to get out there and enjoy picnics! And with the pandemic they’re certainly making a comeback in a big way.
Warm sunshine afternoons in the local fields, bumblebees bouncing between flowers and your blanket of food laid out while the kids play – sounds idyllic, right? That’s because it is, and it all starts with finding the perfect wicker basket to carry all of your food. You need the right recipes to make food to suit the whole family, and if you want to really have a great time, you need to bring along some games and sports equipment, too!
Picnic’s offer great opportunities to make memories with family and friends this summer. So, with this in mind, here are eight ‘Simple Steps To Packing The Perfect Picnic Basket’. We’ve also added in some delicious recipe ideas at the end, too!
8 Simple Steps To Packing The Perfect Picnic Basket
- Ice Packs. The perfect sunny day is only perfect if the food hasn’t gone all warm and gross on the drive to the finest picnic fields. You want to keep your food cool, particularly the stuff that comes from the refrigerator. You need to keep the food fresh, and you need the cold for that. Bring ice packs through and pack them under and around your food and drinks. You can crack open a cold can of lemonade and enjoy every sip under the sun.
- A Blanket. You can sit directly on the grass if you want to, but most people prefer to bring a large blanket with them. You can even add cushions and a few boards to create a stable table to rest your dishes on them.
- Containers. Your picnic is going to be so much better if you can compartmentalise your food and keep everything separate. Salad is going to be so much crisper if it’s not with the sandwiches – and add a piece of kitchen paper to the box of salad to keep it crispy.
- Reusable Cutlery and Crockery. If you’re bringing the kids, you can often find that it’s easier to ensure that they eat if you can plate up their food. You’ll need forks, too, especially if you have wet foods like coleslaw and potato salads.
- Wipes or Reusable Cloths. Oh, even without children, you need wipes. Hands and faces can be kept clean and if you’ve brought real cutlery with you, you can wipe it all down before you pack it up again. It’ll save you time on washing the dishes when you get home!
- Masks and Sanitiser. The restrictions may be lowered, but it’s always polite to make sure that you have masks with you. Bringing sanitiser is also a good idea because you can’t really wash your hands before you eat in the middle of a field.
- Rubbish Bag. A spare supermarket bag works here, but when you’re done with all of your food, you can sort the recyclable from the non-recyclable and get rid of the paper and the packaging if you have any. You can then drop the whole bag into the bin on your way home!
- Don’t Forget a Bottle Opener. A chilled bottle of white or a bottle of red are the perfect ending to a day in the sunshine. The problems arise when you get out there but you’ve brought a corked bottle and you don’t have a bottle opener with you! You need to remember that your bottle opener is going to help you to end your day in the sun very nicely.
These are the items that will make a big difference to your efforts in planning a picnic. If you want to add something delicious to the day, why not try out some of these awesome suggestions for your picnic?
Some Extras for Packing The Perfect Picnic Basket:
- Bring a Barbecue. Check the local rules, but if you bring a barbecue with you, you can cook up delicious chicken skewers and serve them up with dips and veggies. You can prep the chicken on the skewers at home with the marinade of choice!
- Make Your Own Potato Salad. There are so many recipes for potato salads and you can bet it’ll be a family favourite when you bring it to the picnic. You can add so many different ingredients into the mix, too!
- Pasta Salads. If you want to go a little different with your picnic, get rid of the sandwiches and go for pasta salads packed with vegetables. You can even bring breadsticks and garlic bread!
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