King Kullen Celebrates the Last Week of National Picnic Month

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The local grocer offers tips and easy recipes to take on the go.

July is National Picnic Month, and King Kullen wants to celebrate the last week of this national recognition and keep it going throughout the rest of the summer season. To keep things as simple as possible, King Kullen not only offers great ideas and easy recipes to take out on a picnic, but they also keep their shelves stocked in every aisle with all of the picnic and summer essentials.

Pack Smart
When packing a picnic, think ahead! Pack heavy objects first and soft items last so nothing is squished. Be sure to package food in re-sealable plastic containers so they stack easier and can be packaged back up afterward quickly and cleanly. (No one wants to deal with leaks and spills!) Mason jars work great, as well. Keep fresh food chilled by freezing water bottles; this way, when they melt, they can couble as a refreshing beverage. And to be sure everyone is comfortable for the entire picnic, try attaching a shower curtain underneath the picnic blanket to prevent any moisture from the ground seeping through.

Upcycle containers when preparing food for a picnic, like egg cartons and other plastic cartons. Egg cartons can be used to serve condiments or dips. To make serving food even easier, prep food that can be eaten with just a fork, or even better, with no hands. Serving food on skewers and toothpicks eliminates all utensils, which makes packing and cleanup even easier. Just don’t forget plastic bags to collect garbage in.

Try Antipasto skewers using tortellini, salami, pepperoni, provolone, olives, tomatoes and onions. Or keep it even simpler with caprese skewers of fresh mozzarella, cherry tomatoes and basil stacked high on a skewer or bite-sized on a toothpick. Try a sandwich on a stick by putting a choice of meat, tomato, lettuce, cheese and cubes of sandwich bread on either end of the skewer. Take the traditional fruit salad to kabob form by stacking sliced fruit or even frozen grapes on a skewer, which can make for a healthy and refreshing dessert.

What’s Cookin’?
King Kullen offers tips and supplies to prepare the perfect picnic with ease. For juice, fill up mason jars with fruit-infused water or brewed iced tea with lemon for a refreshing drink on the go.

Bring a pasta salad like Veggie Macaroni and Cheese (https://www.pinterest.com/pin/AQkqlGPzs1EKTJwECFgJnzeMbPYhXtaBViLEu31qTg5dk4EJoOA-vKE/) or Italian Pasta Salad with Balsamic Vinegar (https://www.pinterest.com/pin/199917670937682584/).

Salads can go quite a while without having to be refrigerated, so try personalized garden salads in a jar. Choose from these 15 Mason Jar Salads That Will Transform Lunchtime (via Popsugar) (https://www.pinterest.com/pin/199917670937682432/).

Don’t forget dessert! For something healthy and refreshing, keep it simple with diced fruit like watermelon, berries, cantaloupe, and honeydew; which can also be kept fresh in a mason jar. Or get that chocolate fix with an Oreo Chocolate Cheesecake Parfait (https://www.pinterest.com/pin/199917670937682612/). Plus, Buzzfeed features 22 Desserts in Jars for Summer Picnics, like blueberry pies, banana split parfaits, chocolate pudding, éclairs and red velvet cupcakes… just to name a few (https://www.pinterest.com/pin/199917670937682613/).

Stay Entertained
It’s best to plan some activities before heading out for the picnic. Depending on the location, plan a hike before or after lunch or simply bring a Frisbee or ball to play catch with in the park. If it’s an open area, a kite can be the perfect activity for the whole crew to get involved with too. Board games, a deck of cards or music are all great things to pack, as well.

Stop by a local King Kullen Grocery store to pick up everything to put together a great picnic for friends and family to enjoy!

About the Company:
Headquartered in Bethpage, New York, King Kullen Grocery Co., Inc. is recognized by the Smithsonian Institution as America’s first supermarket. Michael J. Cullen opened the doors of King Kullen in 1930. Today, four generations later, King Kullen is still family owned and operated. It remains a leader in the supermarket industry. From that very first store in 1930, King Kullen today operates 35 supermarkets and five Wild by Nature stores across Long Island. In addition to traditional grocery, King Kullen features a large catering and prepared foods department, freshly-baked breads and sweets, and healthy and organic areas, with pharmacies in many stores as well.

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