An Essential Guide to Packing Picnic Baskets

| April 13, 2011

Picnics are a time-honored tradition when it comes to leisurely days spent out in the park. And when thinking about a picnic lunch in the park, the first thing that probably comes to mind is the picnic basket. There are so many different picnic baskets to choose from, new varieties, colors, and even themed baskets. But then after you’ve chosen your basket, you have to decide what to fill it with which is sometimes the most challenging part. Here are some ideas to help you pack your picnic baskets.

It’s best to pick foods that travel and store well when picnicking. If you are not going far with your picnic, then you can bring perishable items in a cooler. Fried chicken with biscuits and apples is certainly a traditional picnic favorite. You can try baked chicken with a cracker crumb crust for a healthier alternative. Some other choices for your picnic baskets are individually wrapped sandwiches. This is a great option for a large group and easy to modify to the tastes of the people you will be picnicking with.

Condiments and side dishes are another must-have for your picnic basket. You can use store-bought macaroni salad, potato salad, or egg salad. Or if you are looking for a healthier alternative, you can make your own by substituting low-fat sour cream and mayonnaise. Other side dishes can include potato chips or macaroni and cheese. Or maybe bring some spinach dip with tortilla chips to dip in the dip.

Another dish to try in your picnic basket is a BLT, but to improve this dish you can substitute the bacon for a soy-based bacon product (It really is good!) Picnic baskets should also have a delicious sweet treat for dessert. One idea is to put preserves in a store-bought tartlet shell. Another great dessert idea that is simple to make and easy to manage are fruit and cheese dishes. You will have to use coolers for this dish instead of picnic baskets though.

So now that you have all the essentials for your meal in the park, you can modify these dishes to your taste. There are so many great options for you to choose from, and so many different types of meals to prepare for a day in the park. A picnic is one of the best ways to find a peaceful setting to enjoy a beautiful day so take advantage and enjoy some great recipes!

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