Summer is a great time to get your friends and family together and head to a park or beach to soak up some sun and have a picnic.
A picnic is a waste warrior’s best friend because it’s a great way to use up what you have in the fridge, freezer and pantry! Picnic food is the best type of grazing food and can literally be made up of anything you have leftover at home.
- Plan ahead and dig through your freezer for any meats you haven’t used up yet. Barbeques are a great way to use up the meat you have. Don’t worry if you don’t have enough for everyone – it’s a grazing picnic, people will just eat what they want.
- While you’re in the freezer, this is a great opportunity to bake that box of mini quiches or sausage rolls you’ve had sitting in there for months. These foods travel well in containers and can be eaten cold. Just be sure to cool and chill properly before travelling.
- Check your fridge for half packets of spinach, rocket or lettuce. Get creative with your salads and whip up something new. Got potatoes? Make potato salad. Got pumpkin? Roast it off and throw it in with whatever lettuce leaves you have. Add some nuts or cheese and you have yourself a pretty yummy dish. Be sure to dress your salads on the plate so that they stay fresher for longer. Check out our guide to summer salads for inspiration.
- If you want to save on cutlery and plates, consider keeping things finger-food only. You can swap out the salads with some cut sandwiches. Think egg and lettuce with mayo, cucumber and cream cheese, or tomato, carrot and ham. The combinations are endless.
- How about that dip you opened a couple of days ago – it will get gobbled up in no time at a picnic. You can serve it with some cut carrots, celery or cucumber (if you have them), or that packet of crackers you bought at Christmas but never used.
- Perhaps you have some other food remnants in your pantry leftover from Christmas, such as a Christmas fruit cake, some shortbread or packets of chips.
- You can also make up a fruit platter with the fruits you have to use up.
- Invest in a good portable cooler and make sure you have some ice bricks ready to keep everything cold. Filling plastic bottles with water and freezing them are a great alternative to buying ice bricks.
- Pack food back in the portable cooler as soon as people have finished eating. This will mean any leftovers can be taken home safely and won’t spoil in warm weather.
- Be sure to transport everything in containers. This will make setting up and packing up much easier. If you end up with any leftovers, it’s just a matter of popping the lid back on and putting it in your cooler ready to be taken home.
With all these wonderful ideas – get numbers ahead of time so you don’t end up with too many leftovers.
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