With some hot summer days in the cards, it would be criminal not to dig out the picnic blanket and basket. Before you do, though, you might want to carefully consider your menu. Some food and drink just isn’t equipped to cope with extreme heat. So if you don’t want your picnic spoiled before the ants have even arrived, check out the handy recipes and tips in these 35 blogs.
Preparing and Transporting Your Picnic Food
How you prepare and transport your picnic food is just as important as the food itself. If it is hot outside, you can guarantee that the temperature will be much higher in your car. To prevent your picnic from spoiling before you arrive at your destination, make sure to take the precautions outlined in these six blogs.
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Picnics with the Kids
Kids are notoriously picky about food, let alone food that looks “funny” due to melting or wilting. It’s such a waste, and a scenario that’s best avoided altogether. When you’re having a picnic with the kids, snack type foods are usually the order of the day. These six blogs have ideas for a variety of picnic foods that are perfect for kiddie picnics.
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Summer Picnic Drinks
There’s nothing like a cold, refreshing drink to round off the perfect picnic. However, drinks, just like food, can stagnate in the heat of the sun. Depending on the theme of your picnic, choosing the wrong drinks could spoil the mood, too. In these five blogs you will find recommendations for the best drinks for summer picnics.
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Appetizers and Salads and More
The food in your picnic basket should match the tastes of everyone invited, of course, which is why it’s best to mix things up as much as possible. There is no reason that concerns about food spoiling should limit your menu, though. With the right recipes, you can have a rich and varied picnic that everyone will enjoy. Impress your friends and family at your next picnic with the great recipes and ideas in these six blogs.
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The Healthy Options
As well as being a great time for picnics, summer is also the time of year that a lot of people prefer to eat healthily. Again, do not assume that this means you are limited in the food you can prepare for your summer picnic. In fact, lots of healthy options actually lend themselves perfectly to a picnic that won’t wilt under the sun. Check out these six blogs for perfect examples of summer picnic foods that won’t pile on the pounds.
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- Elizabeth Cooks: Purple Potato Salad
If you have a hankering for some summer delights at your picnic, then perhaps you should add a range of delicious desserts to the menu. Some desserts will fare well under even the most grueling sun, whereas others will melt away before your very eyes. Ice cream is most definitely out, but there are plenty of other options still available. Take your pick from these five dessert blogs, or use the recipes to inspire your own ideas.