Become A Picnic Pro

Happy National Picnic Month! What better way to celebrate National Picnic Month and all this beautiful weather than to have a picnic at the beach or the park. Having a picnic is a blast, but packing a picnic can be stressful. The foods you want to enjoy can be difficult to pack, you want to avoid spills and leaks, and there are so many utensils and tools you need to bring. Never to fear! Corbin Hill has some advice on how to make all your picnics a success. 

  • Mason Jar Salads 

We all know the struggle of your salad greens getting all soggy from adding the dressing too early at your picnic. To avoid a sad salad, make a mason jar layer salad. Put dressing at the bottom of the mason jar and layer your fruits and veggies with the most delicate produce on top. Just shake to enjoy!

  • Avoid Dairy and Mayonnaise

Sorry potato salad, but you aren’t invited to the picnic. Dishes made with dairy and mayonnaise, which contains eggs, will spoil if not kept cool. Bring dips, sauces, and meals without them such as hummus. Hummus is moist and delicious and can last in any temperature. 

  • Roast Your Veggies 

Crisp greens including lettuce can go bad during a picnic due to sitting out in the heat or bad storage containers. Instead of packing crisp greens that are sensitive to environmental conditions, roast all your vegetables. Roasted vegetables are durable and stay delicious for long periods of time. 

  • Sanitize, sanitize, sanitize

Always make sure to clean your cooler, utensils, and reusable containers before packing your food to prevent the spread of bacteria and germs. The only outcome of a picnic we want are satisfied appetites and smiles, not people getting sick. 

  • Bring Pairs of Materials 

At your picnic site, you won’t have ready access to running water to wash cooking utensils such as plates and tongs. Make sure to bring more than one set of these materials, for example, one for handling raw meat and another for cooked meat. This can prevent the spread of bacteria as well. 

Recommendations adapted from Food Network and Eat Right. 

Corbin Hill Food Project