Packing for a Picnic

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Summer is nearly here, and with it comes traditional fun-in-the-sun activities like barbecues and picnics. If you’re planning a meal for the great outdoors, here are some tips to make it go as smoothly as possible- and a few recipes to please the whole family.

SKEWERS MAKE CLEAN-UP A BREEZE
Using skewers to make kabobs or “x on a stick”-type dishes is not only fun, but easy to transport and clean up. Nearly anything can be put on skewers: fruit salad, antipasto, veggies and meat. The only limit is your imagination (and the durability of the food in question). Use our skewers for the best results- they also work for grilling!

A club sandwich on a white background.

SANDWICH EVERYTHING
There’s a reason they’re the brown bag lunch of choice for schoolkids around the globe. Sandwiches can be made with anything and are extremely portable. But if you’d rather skip the PB&J on white, try using a tortilla or wrap instead of bread.  Or try using unorthodox ingredients (hummus sandwiches are filling and different, for example).

LEMON JUICE TO DROWN THE BROWN
If you’re planning on packing fruit salad, squeeze some lemon juice on it just after making it. The acid will prevent it from turning brown between preparation and consumption. The Jokari juicer tool works not only with lemon, but with other citrus fruits as well.

Nine brownies with nuts.

DON’T FORGET DESSERT!
Need something sweet to polish off your meal? Then pack a simple dessert. Brownies and chocolate-chip cookies are always popular, but you can also pack Rice Krispie treats or fresh watermelon. Just make sure it won’t melt in the sun and isn’t too messy.

MARINATE AND IT TASTES GREAT
Pasta salad is a classic picnic food, but if you want to elevate it to the next level, try marinating it overnight. Prepare your dressing (or use store-bought) and pour it over the salad the night prior. The difference in flavor will be astonishing. Also, don’t be afraid to mix it up with the veggies! Asparagus and avocado both make wonderful additions to pasta salad.

Chips with four dips

DIP THE CHIP
Packing dips like hummus and salsa may seem difficult, but with the right containers it’s a snap. For a more involved dip, however, try making individual seven-layer dips. Each cup has the perfect serving of beans, guacamole, cheese, and olives. Be sure to store with an ice pack during travel, though. You can check out the full recipe here on The Girl Who Ate Everything.

AWW, NUTS!
Nuts are great snacks; easy to eat and full of protein. You can pack them as-is in your basket or try making your own trail mix blend. Simply take your favorite nuts and add equal parts chocolate chips, dried fruit, and granola. You can adjust the ratio to your liking or switch up the ingredients. Pack into individual baggies and serve as a simple appetizer or fuel during the family Frisbee game.

Non-creamy cabbage coleslaw

SAY NAH TO SLAW
While coleslaw is a popular picnic treat, the creamy nature of the dish and need to be refrigerated makes it a hassle when traveling long distances. But if you must have your slaw fix, try making one that doesn’t involve mayo. Many grocery stores sell broccoli slaw in a bag, or you can fix up your own using one of the hundreds of recipes online. Here’s a recipe that has the same flavor of the classic, minus the mayonnaise.

REVIVE THE FIZZ
One of the worst parts of a picnic is when your soda goes flat. Our can pump can not only protect the fizz but revitalize it with a single pump. If you’re worried about bugs, our can caps keep the pop covered.

Let us know down in the comments what you do to make a perfect picnic!

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