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Picnic Hacks

Top tips for the easiest picnics...

Warner's Budgens Taste Club Warner's Budgens Taste Club
Summer is about eating outside when you get the chance – which doesn’t happen too often! So, when the sun shines, make it easy on yourself and be ready to go at the drop of a hat with these top picnic tips…

1. Choose your weapons

By weapons, we mean cutlery! Try to avoid single-use plastic cutlery by choosing sustainable bamboo utensils or take your everyday set. Bundle sets together in napkins and tie with a ribbon or piece of string to keep them together. On the way home, just wrap in the used napkins ready for washing!

Try this: Warner’s Budgens cutlery and napkins

2. Prepare for sticky fingers

An easier and more environmental-friendly method is to go cutlery-free. That means choosing finger foods for your picnic – great for sharing and an altogether more sociable way of eating. Think asparagus spears wrapped in parma ham, top quality sausage rolls, skewers of halloumi, cherry tomatoes and roast courgette, little squares of your favourite Spanish tortilla.

Try this: Mudwall’s Farm handmade free range pork sausage rolls are sure to keep everyone happy

3. Take a jarful

You know those jam jars you keep washing out and never using, well they make great – not to mention chic – containers for salad dressings. Make up your favourite salad dressing in the jar, screw on the lid and take it with you to dress any salads or poke bowls. Just give the jar a shake and you’re good to go.

Try this: Kit’s Kitchen Balsamic Dressing is a delicious blend of olive oil and balsamic vinegar

4. Keep your cool

Hopefully, you will be enjoying your picnic on a lovely sunny day, so you’ll need plenty of drinks to quench your thirst. Individual cans or cartons can be less messy but they can be expensive and there’s the problem of disposing of them. Much better to take a bottle of your favourite cordial and some paper cups and add water once you’re there. Freeze a couple of large bottles of water beforehand to use as ice packs – by the time you arrive they should have thawed!

Try this: Frobisher’s Lemon and Mint cordial is sweet and sour and so refreshing

5. And for afters

Cleanse the palate with a taste of something sweet. Keep it natural with grapes, strawberries or cherries – all easy to pick from a bowl, or prepare mini fruit kebabs with a grape, strawberry and piece of pineapple. Cut up a traybake into delicate bitesize squares or pre-slice a loaf cake and serve with a dollop of squirty cream.

Try this: Fatherson Bakery’s award-winning lemon drizzle loaf cake is famed for its taste of homemade

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