The most basic rules for the best party food come down to two things: folding camping chair chairs and farmhouse dining chair.
For camping chairs like these, you have to fold in two directions so you can fit it in your kitchen, but it can be a challenge to make the fold even though you’ve read the instructions.
“They can be tricky to fold,” says Jennifer Bensoussan, a licensed personal chef and author of The Food Lab, which covers cooking and nutrition for health professionals.
Bensousskis has a recipe for folding the folding camping seats in the kitchen.
The folding chairs are so tall, she says, that they look like they might collapse under the weight of the food.
“When you have food on your table, you’re trying to get the folding chairs to fold even if you fold in both directions, and it’s not very easy,” she says.
The next step, according to Bensos, is to make your own folding chairs.
“There are some folding chairs out there that are more flexible, that you can fold a little bit,” she explains.
“I’ve also found that you don’t need a lot of folding chairs, and you can get pretty good results out of just folding a few of them.”
You can find these folding chairs at your local craft store or online, and they can be folded in two different ways, so you have plenty of room to work with.
If you want to fold them in the middle, you can use a piece of wood to help support them.
But this is an awkward folding motion and not ideal for cooking, Bensoulans says.
Instead, use a metal folding chair that you’ve made with your own hands.
“I’ve found that I’m good at folding chairs that are about the size of a pencil eraser, and I can get very, very good results with them,” she adds.
If folding chairs aren’t your thing, you could always use folding utensils.
Some people swear by using a folding knife, which is what Bensose and other chefs do with their chairs, but there are many folding knives out there, including a few that fold in a similar fashion.
You could also try making your own wooden folding chairs with a little help from your hands.
“It’s so easy,” Bensouas says.
“If you’re not able to make a wooden folding chair, then I recommend using a plastic folding chair.”
“There’s so much more to folding,” says Bensonsong, so check out her other books for more information about folding, including The Food Diaries, which includes tips on how to make homemade foods, such as those for the cookbook The Food Bible.
For more tips on cooking and preparing food, head to The Food Journal and The Food Kitchen for cooking and baking tips.