The humble sarnie is the nation’s favourite picnic food according to a new survey. This is closely followed by cold meat and a raft of pork products including sausage rolls, pork pies, scotch eggs and mini sausages.
And with those of us under the age of 44 least likely to have a go at rustling up our own picnic treats than our frugal parents’ generation, we’re more prone to stalking the aisles of the supermarket to stock up on our cool bag favourites for a day out with the kids.
But while animal welfare is important to most shoppers, the survey also shows it can be a struggle to buy higher welfare picnic food because of confusing
labels and a limited range of products.
How closely do you look at the labels to see how decent the ingredients are? Is the meat British? Are the eggs free range? It’s worth taking into consideration if you’re passionate about what you and your family are eating and your attitudes to animal welfare.
Here’s some sensible advice from the RSPCA:
● If you want to feel good about what you’re eating this summer,
look for meat that’s labelled RSPCA Freedom Food
● If you can’t find Freedom Food, at least buy options like
free-range, organic, outdoor-bred or reared and make your own picnic
● More than 900 million animals are farmed for meat in the UK every
year and shoppers can make a difference to the lives of these animals by
choosing higher welfare options
● Find out more about the campaign and download some picnic recipes to try at:
*All figures are from YouGov Plc. Total sample size was 2148 adults. Fieldwork was undertaken between 4 – 6 July 2012. The survey was carried
out online. The figures have been weighted and are representative of all UK adults (aged 18+).
For more picnic recipe inspiration from the Feeding Boys kitchen….
I’ll be back after i’ve unpacked four suitcases, done the washing and got the kids safely back to school… xxx