It seems the extreme heat in North Texas will never end - we’ve not hit 20 consecutive days of triple digits (let’s hope we’re not going for the record of 42!) Even in this heat, it is important for you and the kids to get fresh air. We can’t think of any better way than to get out for an evening picnic in the park or by the pool.
Not sure how to plan your picnic? Here are a few tips to planning the perfect picnic outing:
- 1. Choose your location -- Neighborhood parks, National Parks, lakes, riverbanks, and playgrounds are all ideal locations for a picnic. Don’t have easy access to any of these locations? Set up a picnic in your own backyard!
- 2. Pack the essentials -- Food and drink, blanket or folding chairs, napkins and utensils, bug repellant and sunscreen, activities like games, books, balls or a kite.
- 3. Water, Water, Water -- While a cold beer or soda may sound refreshing, be sure you drink plenty of water on your summer picnic. Pack a small cooler full of water bottles for you and the family.
- 4. Decide who will join you -- Picnics are perfect for families with kids, or a date with your special someone. But if you just need some time to yourself, a picnic is a perfect opportunity to get some fresh air and relaxation.
Food safety in the heat is also crucial. Foods like meat, dairy cut produce and any other foods requiring refrigeration can pose a danger and a serious health threat if they are not kept cool. Be sure to pack a cooler full of ice for your picnic if you plan to take any foods that must be chilled.
While many food-borne illnesses can be passed off as a 24-hour bug in a healthy adult, they can be life-threatening to infants, children, elderly and people with weakened immune systems. When meat, for example, reaches temperatures above 40 degrees, the natural bacteria found on it significantly multiplies, increasing risk of illness.
For a special picnic, let S&S Catering pack your picnic for you with our Take Away Chef boxed lunches. You can even use your own basket and personal casserole dishes or for more casual outdoor dining enjoy the ease of disposable containers. Take Away Chef is perfect for a picnic, and eliminates the hassle of preparing a picnic meal. Take Away Chef offers affordable, premium home casseroles, veggies and desserts.
Headed out for the evening? Give us a call ahead of time ((214) 351-6888), swing by and we’ll bring your picnic meal right out to your car! Check out our menu of perfect picnic meals.