We’ve finally seen some sun across the UK and that means only one thing – time to hit the beach, park or your friend’s back garden for some al fresco dining. A picnic is a great way to spend time with family and friends but it’s important to choose foods that can withstand the hot weather.
The wrong type of food can become sticky and messy at best, or lead to food poisoning at worst, so you’ll want to choose options that won’t spoil after several hours in the sun. If you’re planning a picnic this summer, see below for some of our favourite picnic foods that will survive the hot weather.
Crisps and dips
Crisps are the perfect snack for on the go and you can spice things up with some homemade or shop-bought dips. Avoid creamy dips that might spoil in the heat; instead look for salsa, hummus or zingy dips like beetroot and mint.
Pasta salad can be easily stored in an airtight container and it will last a few hours in the heat if you include vinegar and oil. Again, avoid creamy or cheesy pasta salads and stick to tomato-based sauces, fresh vegetables and pesto.
The right sandwiches
There’s a reason why sandwiches are such popular picnic food; they’re easy to transport, not messy to eat and the filling options are almost endless. Pickled vegetables hold up well when temperatures rise and they add great flavour and crunch to any sandwich. Avoid too many soft cheeses like brie if it’s very hot; instead, stick to deli meats, plenty of veg and spreads like hummus.
Pack fruit that can be transported whole, like apples, pears, watermelon or satsumas. You could also bring tupperware containers of strawberries, raspberries or cherries; plus they can double up as garnishes for summer drinks.
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