The temperatures are rising, the birds are starting to chirp and nature is awakening from hibernation. The popular picnic time has started! Families, couples and friends are increasingly enjoying a culinary time in nature. This article tells you what is needed for the perfect picnic and what tips you should follow.
The right picnic blanket
Especially at the beginning of the warm season, the meadow is often still damp and cool. It is therefore all the more important to have a suitable picnic blanket with you to protect you from the cold and wet. A blanket made of two materials is particularly suitable. The upper part should be made of soft fleece fabric; ideally, there should be some kind of synthetic material underneath the blanket. This is moisture-repellent and easy to clean.
The ideal picnic blanket for two people is also about 200 cm long and 150 cm wide. Furthermore, there are blankets that can not only be folded, but also have a Velcro fastener or button. This makes transport even easier, especially if the blanket also has a handle for carrying.
The perfect picnic basket
To transport the goodies and accessories safely, the market has various picnic baskets to offer. These are usually equipped with crockery, cutlery, glasses and cups so that nothing stands in the way of the perfect picnic. The classic picnic basket is the wicker basket. It not only looks great, but also offers enough space for all the essentials.
They are usually available for two to four people and include all the necessary equipment. All utensils have a specific position and are safely stowed away. In addition, all the delicacies find space in the basket and can also be easily transported by bike.
Cooler bag: is it necessary?
If you are going to be on the road for a longer period of time, you should use a cool box, a cool bag or cooling pads. These help you not to interrupt the cold chain of perishable products. Fruit, cheese, vegetables, dips or even a cold beer are kept perfectly cool.
Ideally, you should use foldable cooler bags with a flexible exterior. These are suitable for cold packs and are easier to transport. A 30-litre cooler bag is usually enough for two people.
For a hearty picnic
The classics for a hearty picnic are and remain fresh sandwiches or sandwiches. Various salads are also particularly popular at picnics. Pasta salad, couscous salad and other salads that stay crunchy for a long time are among the favourites.
Another ingredient for a perfect picnic is vegetable sticks with a delicious dip. Different types of hummus, an aromatic pesto or chutney are ideal and make for a refreshing picnic snack in nature.
If you take a little more time to prepare, small aperitif snacks such as filled puff pastries, mini quiches or savoury muffins are also easy to transport.
Sweets for the perfect picnic
Of course, sweet treats should not be missing from the perfect picnic. Fresh fruit such as grapes, apples, bananas or melons are perfect for this. A prepared fruit salad that you can make quickly and easily at home is particularly refreshing. Add some lemon juice and the fruit will stay fresh longer in warm temperatures.
Crispy biscuits, nut or almond croissants and other pastries are also perfect for a sweet feast in the great outdoors.
With cakes, you should make sure that they are not too crumbly and fluffy, otherwise you will only have a pile of crumbs in front of you when you arrive. Compact cakes or similar sweets are much better.
Drinks – the be-all and end-all
What must not be missing from the perfect picnic is enough drinks. Whether hot or cold, these can be transported perfectly in a thermos bottle. This prevents the drinks from leaking and allows you to keep them cool or warm at the same time.
If you don’t have a thermos flask, then fillable plastic or stainless steel bottles are also a good choice for transporting your drinks safely. They can be used several times and are also lightweight.
Regardless of which transport option you choose, you should take enough drinks with you. Especially on warm days, it is all the more important to keep your body hydrated.
And the most important thing for a successful picnic: enjoy the time with your loved ones, sit back and indulge in various delicacies to experience your personal picnic highlight!