Caring For Wicker Picnic Baskets

| March 14, 2011

If you want to get traditional, wicker picnic baskets may be just what you’re looking for. Their classic designs make them hits at any outdoor meal. They also have a lot of capacity and, where providing for many people at one gathering is concerned, it’s hard to make a better choice. Some of the modern designs have other conveniences added to them that make them perfect for even the most gourmet of outdoor dining experiences. They’re very durable, but you do need to care for them to get the longest use out of them.

Wicker is a durable material and wicker picnic baskets can take a surprising amount of damage and still keep their great looks. There are some things, however, that you want to make certain that you avoid. Remember never to stack anything on top of one of these baskets, either in storage or in the vehicle on your way to your picnic. These are devices that are designed to carry loads, not to bear them on their surface. The lids can become damaged if they end up at the bottom of a stack of materials, and you want to avoid this at all costs.

Wicker picnic baskets, in most cases, are designed to be carried in your hand. They’re not designed to be slung across your shoulders with a strap. If you choose the latter carry method for a basket not designed for it, you may end up rattling your food around quite a bit. Most of these baskets have ways of securing the load inside them, but you’ll want to make sure you’re careful with the basket when it’s loaded. The basket may be top-notch quality, but that doesn’t mean that one of your containers can’t accidently open up if it’s jarred around too much.

Wicker picnic baskets come in a huge variety of sizes. If you tend to have very large picnics, there are designs that have spots for plates, flatware and even cooking utensils. These are excellent for those who are serious about their picnics. If you want something simpler, you can get a smaller design that’s made for two or three people. These designs are compact, but can carry a surprising amount of food and other items within them. Make sure you don’t set wicker baskets down on wet surfaces and, if you have one, keep them on the picnic blanket during use.

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