Dig In: Guide to eating in the great outdoors


Editor’s pick: Wine for rhino

Launched in 2014, Rhino Tears wine has already raised R2 million to be used in the war against rhino poaching within South Africa’s National Parks (SANParks). For every bottle sold, R15 goes directly to the SANParks Honorary Rangers. This group of volunteers raise money to be used on conservation projects within the parks. Mt Vernon Wine Estate in Cape Town crafted this high-quality, affordable range of wine for everyday drinking. Available in a red blend and Sauvignon blanc from park shops or online at www.rhinotears.co.za. Online price is R518 for six bottles.

Keep calm and picnic on

Netflorist has the ideal picnic blanket solution with personalised picnic blankets, ideal for the family or as a gift. Purchase the blanket alone, or add a hamper of scrumptious sweet and savoury snacks like nuts, Pringles, nougat, Lindt chocolate or biscotti. R299 for the blanket only; R499 with snacks. www.netflorist.co.za

Slow cooking the fast way

If you follow foodie trends and you’re always looking for new ways to entertain, you’ll love this convenient way to braai at picnic sites. Grills of Japan sells a variety of grills made from diatomaceous earth, naturally occurring sedimentary rock, so charcoal burns for longer and creates even heat distribution. The SH5 Table Grill is great for indoor and outdoor use, picnics and camping as it comes with a handle. It is best partnered with Tosa binchotan charcoal, but any natural charcoal will do. Various designs and sizes are available. The SH5 Table Grill costs R2 400 from grillsofjapan.com


The best of SA: biltong

Chances are if you visit South Africa, you will be offered biltong. It is sold everywhere, from petrol stations to supermarkets, and also offered as snacks on sunset game drives. Biltong is meat that has been cured and dried. A variety of meats can be used, but the most popular are beef and game, which can include impala, kudu, wildebeest, and ostrich. Each recipe comes with its own secret spice mix, but usually includes coriander, salt, pepper and vinegar.

Guilt-free cheese

Cheesemaker George Heler wanted to maintain the family cheesemaking skills and expertise but match them to current healthier demands by making a 100% natural cheese with higher protein and fewer calories. Products are based on top sellers in the United Kingdom and come in cheese blocks, grated and spreadable cheese. Visit www.eatlean.co.za. Available from Shopright and Pick n Pay.
Photo: Open Doors Collective

Be the change

Tired of single-use plastic but haven’t yet found alternatives for all your products? There is a range of solutions to replace everything from ziplock bags to cling wrap. EcoBagzz are reusable storage bags made from food-grade silicone and are BPA free. Beeswax wraps are made from organic cotton and beeswax, which makes it ideal for wrapping sandwiches and food. Visit ecobagzz.com for details and pricing.


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