Posted: Friday, June 1, 2012
Nothing says summer like a picnic, so grab a blanket and a basket and head outdoors to enjoy this menu al fresco! You can take this take-out food to the lake, the park or even the backyard. Just add sunshine!
Tips for stylish, safe and simple picnics:
- Look for fashionable picnic supplies that are also eco-friendly. Lightweight reusable plates, cups, utensils, kitchen towels, ice pods, etc., such as those featured on these pages are available in the Marketplace Department. (Selection and availability vary by market.)
- Kitchen towels make practical reusable napkins. They can be also used to cushion items in your basket or cooler and are useful when it comes time to clean up.
- Keep a basket, box or bag ready for an impromptu outing. Fill it with silverware, serving utensils, plates, a sharp knife and cutting board, napkins, plush hand towels, paper towels, wet wipes, insect repellant, sunscreen, hand sanitizer, and garbage bags and extra-large zip-top plastic bags for storing dirty service items and linens. Don't forget a board game, Frisbee or ball!
- Keep frozen water bottles or beverages and reusable ice packs ready in the freezer, too. Add them to your cooler when you're ready to go. An insulated cooler packed with ice is safer than a basket for most food items.
- Keep cold foods cold (at or below 40˚) and pack your cooler right before heading out. If you're driving, transport your cooler in the air-conditioned car, not in the trunk.
- If you are bringing both raw and prepared foods, be aware of cross-contamination. Keep these items separate and securely wrapped, and bring plenty of clean serving utensils.
- Keep food out of direct sunlight. Eat hot foods within 2 hours of preparation (1 hour if it's hotter than 80˚) or purchase or chill it in the fridge before packing it in your cooler. Toss food that's been out of the cooler for more than an hour.
Selection and availability of ingredients vary by market.