Picnics are a fantastic way to catch up with family and friends in a relaxed environment during the summer season. In particular, we love being offline, sitting on a rug, sharing great picnic recipes and watching the kids run around exploring the surrounding grounds making new adventures with new found and old friends.
With so much fun to be had, nothing can undo the good times quite like a bit of accidental food poisoning which can occur when foods aren’t stored, transported or saved properly. The following guide is a great check-list of tips for eating outdoors including ways to prepare, transport and store all your favourite picnic recipes.
Tips for the perfect picnic and eating outdoors
Keep it cold: be sure you have ice packs fully frozen before placing into the esky and throw a bag or two of ice over sealed containers once the food is packed. This will help to keep the temperature down.
Transport BBQ meat: if barbecuing, keep meat in a sealed container and place at the bottom of the esky to ensure no raw juices run onto other foods and contaminate them.
Prepare ahead: try to have salads dressed where possible and cooked foods cut or portioned before leaving home.
Keep flies away: don’t forget to pack a gauze throw over, old table cloth or sheet to lay over the food once set out, to prevent spoilage from the ever present files
Don’t forget water: if you are going to an area with no running water, ensure you take some from home for hand washing, washing up and drinking water.
Leftovers: as a general rule in the interest of food safety, if it traveled to the picnic is an esky, it is best to discard any leftovers on your return home.
Now you know how to become a picnic master, it’s time for some delicious perfect picnic recipes.
Picnic recipes to try
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