A Summer Picnic
This month, the Park Station Blog is focusing on picnic-friendly recipes. June is the perfect month to head to your favorite picnic spot here in the Gaithersburg, Maryland area to enjoy dining alfresco. A bit of prep time at your apartment, then pack up the picnic basket and head to the park. Try one (or all) of these recipes this summer!
Picnic Food Ideas
Sandwiches have a well-deserved reputation as picnic food. Here are some tips for making, packing, and eating sandwiches:
Butter the bread before adding the filling. The butter acts as a barrier, and the bread won’t get soggy.
Pack the sandwich fillings in separate plastic bags and assemble the sandwiches on site. This allows individuals to build a custom-made sandwich.
Invest in some packets of mayo and mustard; this reduces the chance of spoilage.
Leave the sandwich partially in the wrapping while you eat it. If it drips, the wrapping will catch the drips.
Think outside the breadbox for sandwiches. Serve chicken salad with croissants, fill pitas with tuna salad, and make lettuce or tortilla wraps.
Portable food is one of the key factors when preparing a picnic. Try something a little different from sandwiches — take some fresh salsa and chips for your picnic. We have a tasty salsa recipe from Allrecipes.com for you to try.
Remember to bring along non-food picnic essentials! Other details to think about include: seating, tables, and cleanup. If you’re going to be picnicking on grass, bring a few blankets to sit on. Also pack dishes, napkins, trash bags, bug repellent, and anything else you think you might need. Bustle has a great infographic for making the ultimate picnic experience that gives you important pointers to keep in mind. Bring along something to do — frisbee, a soccer ball, playing cards for example — for entertainment before and after the food is served.
What is your favorite food to take on a picnic? Where do you like to go for a picnic? Please share in the comments so we can all enjoy new foods and places to visit.