Packing the Perfect Picnic Basket

Troy is in the kitchen with Emily from Cuisine Unlimited and he thinks these adorable mason jar meals are the perfect picnic idea for yourself, a close friend, or even a big group of people.

The possibilities are endless and you can cater your own jars to your personal tastes, but Emily provided us with some awesome and simple recipes to start off with. Some of the smaller meals can be eaten right from the jar, but for the main courses in the larger jars you can bring plates to share them with your friends.

From main courses to desserts, you can make whatever you'd like in your very own custom mason jar. By going to their website, you can create your own mason jar and Custom Mason Jars will send you them in the mail.

The mason jars filled with these delectables are easy to carry with you on a picnic and with a few ice packs, you can keep the food fresh. Whether you are taking your special someone on a romantic picnic or taking the kids to the park for the day, mason jar meals are quick, easy, and are perfect for whatever the occasion. 

Emily even gives us some gluten-free options so anyone can try these delicious recipes.

Mixed Berry Shortcake 

1/2 pounds strawberries, stemmed and quartered
1 pint blueberries
1 pint raspberries
5 tablespoons sugar

2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
2 tablespoons sugar
3/4 teaspoon salt

1 1/2 cups heavy cream
Whipped Cream, recipe follows

1 1/2 cups heavy cream, chilled
3 tablespoons sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 teaspoon freshly grated lemon zest

Mix berries with 3 tablespoons sugar and refrigerate while juices develop, at least 30 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, remaining 2 tablespoons sugar, and salt in a medium bowl. Add heavy cream and mix until just combined. Place mixture in an ungreased 8-inch square pan and bake until golden, 18 to 20 minutes.

Remove shortcake from pan and place on a rack to cool slightly. Cut into 6 pieces and split each piece in half horizontally.

Spoon some of the strawberries with their juice onto each shortcake bottom. Top with a generous dollop of whipped cream and then the shortcake top. Spoon more strawberries over the top and serve.

Whipped Cream:
Using a mixer, beat the heavy cream, sugar, vanilla, and lemon zest until soft peaks form, about 1 1/2 to 2 minutes.

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