Picnic tips for your Fourth of July outing

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Posted: Monday, June 30, 2014 11:40 am

Packing for a picnic can sometimes be challenging, especially here on the Suncoast. The key is keeping things cold that need to be cold and keeping things hot that need to be hot.

Here are some tips for keeping your food fresh and ready to eat as you head out to the beach, the park, or just your backyard pool over the July 4th holiday weekend.

1. Freeze your water bottles for extra chill on the food in the cooler. This also means icy cold water at the beach no matter what the temperature.

2. If you aren’t cooking on the beach or directly at the picnic site, make your hot entrees just before you leave the house.

3. keep things like sautéed vegetables in a separate container so it doesn’t make the bread soggy.

4. Try using oil and vinegar based dressings for pasta salads to avoid any food poisoning with mayonnaise that has been exposed to the heat.

5. Keep it simple. The more you do at home, the better time you will have to relax and eat.

6. Don’t forget one condiment. Make a homemade ketchup or your own relish but don’t bring 3 or 4 different bottles to the beach.

7. Buy mini olive oil and vinegar bottles (they look like nips) so you can toss a salad fresh.

8. Chop the lettuce and other ingredients to make it easier to eat without a knife.

9. Don’t forget the s’mores!

Chef Judi is giving away Independence Day-themed items all week long on our Facebook page. Check it out, and be sure to like the page so you don't get left out of future contests!

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