Your favorite summer time food might be on this list. This list might help you transport those items more easily. If your favorite is not on this list add it to your BBQ or picnic so you can fully enjoy the warm weather outings with your family.
Watermellon is the number one summer time food. It can be transported to the picnic area far away as easily as it can be to the back yard. Refrigerate it to get it cold, then decide how you want to serve it to your guests. Watermellon can be served by slicing it in two and then making individual pieces with the rind still intact.I call those watermellon boats since their shape is that of a row boat. Taking the mellon in a covered container will keep it chilled for serving as well as keep flies and other flying insects from your watermellon. Watermellon refreshes the young and senior guest since it provides a lot of liquid refreshment.Cutting the watermellon in two and scooping out the insides, it can be mixed with other fruit or served alone.
There are many salads that have been a favorite summer time menu item for a long time. When adding mayonnaise to a salad, consider keeping it refrigerated well enough to keep bacteria growth at bay. It could even be mixed with the mayonnnaise just before serving. This can be done by refrigerating the mayonnaise in a cooler that is brought to the picnic or BBQ site. Macaroni and potato salad both contain mayonnaise, so these suggestions should be considered.Leafy green or garden salads can be put together at the picnic site to preserve freshness. Slice ingredients and place those items in covered containers for easy mixing later. Bring your salad dressings in ziploc bags for an assortment to be put on the green salads.
Desserts are favorite summer time food menu items. Cookies and other baked goods can be transported in ziploc, sealed bags to preserve freshness. They can be individually packaged or in large bags to be put on plates for serving.Smores can be made right on the spot if selected for a summer time dessert. Bring graham crackers, chocolate bars and marshmallows along with metal or wooden sticks to cook marshmallows. Slowly melt the marshmallows over an open fire before putting on a gramham cracker. Immediately place chocolate bar pieces or entire chocolate bar on top of the warm marshmallow.Cover with another graham cracker.Caution should be exercised with children of any age when cooking marshmallows on an open fire. Be careful since the marshmallows get really hot from an open fire pit.
During the summer time, chips can be added for a real treat to compliment a picnic meal. These are easily transported in original bags directly from the store. When a pot luck is the fare for the event, chips are always welcomed and easy to offer instead of cooking items.Select corn chips, potato chips or Doritos depending on the tastes of the guests who will be attending the outing. Provide dips of sour cream and dried onion soup mix or your own homemade favorite recipe for chip dipping.Keep dips refrigerated in a cooler if necessary. Choose many flavors of chips to surprise your guests such as sour cream and onion to BBQ flavored chips.
Baked beans can be made ahead of time making this a time saver menu item for summer time enjoyment. Look up a recipe on the Internet or get out Grandma's cookbook and cook baked beans like she used to do for a summertime treat. Bring along some sliced cheese to put on the top of the warm baked beans casserole. Keep baked beans warm by securely wrapping the ceramic or pottery container in a freshly washed towel followed by a tightly covered brown paper or plastic bag. The final covering will also supply a way to transport the empty casserole container when the baked beans have been fully enjoyed and container is empty.
Don't forget the anti-bacterial wipes to use before you begin eating your favorite summer time food.
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