On a gorgeous, breezy summer day there is nothing more relaxing and joyful than a picnic. Enjoy your meal in the nature with your friend is great, but be careful there are some foods that you should avoid bringing. Here is a list of 9 foods you should never bring on a picnic.
1. Sodas: Sweetened drinks can turn into a sticky mess. And if they’re left out on warm days they may go flat, or worse, burst out of their containers. Plus insects love the stuff. Tote along half-frozen bottles of water and use them to keep your food cold.
2. Chocolate: Even if you are a big fan of chocolate or you are trying to satisfy the chocoholics in your group, chocolate is not the perfect food to bring because it easily melts when it’s warm outside. A better choice is an angel food cake topped with fresh fruit.
3. Bottles of condiments: It may seem handy to toss you condiment bottles from the refrigerator to the picnic basket, but they won’t stay cool and will just be more weight to lug around. Instead, either use condiment packages, which don’t need refrigeration, or put the needed amount of condiment in small jars and keep in a cooler.
4. Chunks of Cheese: Skip cubes of cheese, which will get oily in the warm sun and become very unappetizing. Plus, cutting can be tricky, as paper plates and plastic knives aren’t an ideal combination. Instead, pack sliced fruit or chips and guacamole for easy-to-tote appetizers.
5. Mayo-based salads: When potatoes, pasta, tuna, or chicken are dressed with mayonnaise, these salads need to be kept at 40ºF (4.4ºC) to remain safe from spoilage. That’s pretty chilly, even for an ice-packed cooler. A good alternative is a vinegar-and-oil dressing.
6. Ice Cream: Of course, ice cream is what we all want in a sunny day, but this cannot be the case when we go on a picnic. Instead of bringing it with you and risking a melted mess, plan to make a stop on the way home for some gelato.
7. Fried Foods: Messy is an understatement when you’re talking about fried food. Although your guests may be excited to see you pull out a vat of fried chicken, you’ll need a lot of napkins for the oily mess and a garbage bag for the leftover bones, which is just something else to attract animals and insects. Opt for grilled foods instead to minimize the mess.
8. Soft Fruits: Fruits such as bananas and peaches may get jostled around and bruise easily on the trip. And in warm temperatures, they can become overripe in no time. Apples, pears, and oranges make better choices.