Tips to Transport Holiday Food
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As a military family, we’ve never been stationed in the same town (or state) as our families. Like many families, we often travel to spend the holidays with family and friends. Sometimes our trip is just minutes away and other times it’s hours away. Over the years, I’ve picked up a few tips to transport holiday food that work for my family.
I was raised that you always bring a dish or two when you attend a party (if you’re from Hawai’i or know someone who is, you know exactly what I mean). Whether I’m traveling across town to spend the holidays with friends or several hours to be with family, I always bring a dish to contribute. It’s important to transport the food safely so that it arrives fresh and looking pretty. If I’ve gone through the effort to cook and transport food, I want it to be fresh, tasty and pretty enough to proudly share. I use these tips to transport holiday food so that I can present a special dish to my hosts.
Tips to Transport Holiday Food
Consider the Distance When Choosing Your Recipe – When selecting your recipe, consider how far you’ll have to transport the dish. If you’re just traveling around the corner, you can choose a different dish than if you’re traveling a couple hours away from home.
Choose Dishes that Can Be Kept at Room Temperature – I have a handful of my favorite recipes that can be kept at room temperature that I take to holiday get-togethers. Save the recipes that must be served hot or cold for when you’re hosting at your home.
Use Containers Designed to Transport Food – Take the time to find food storage containers that will work to transport your favorite recipes. It’s worth the time to find the perfect containers for your family and invest in them. Quality food storage containers that will make it easy for you to transport your favorite dishes and keep them fresh during transport are worth their weight in gold and you’ll use them for years and years to come.
Use a Box and Towel to Transport – If you don’t have a food storage container that will fit the dish you’re transporting, use a box padded with a towel to make your own secure transporting tray. Just make sure that the bottom of your box is sturdy enough to support your filled dish.
Put the Portion that Must be Kept at a Set Temperature in an Insulated Bag – I find that taking an appetizer to a holiday get-together is the perfect solution. I can place the dip in an insulated bag with either a cold pack if the dip needs to be kept cold or a couple of hot baked potatoes to keep a hot dish warm. The remainder of the appetizer can be transported at room temperature.
Use Containers that Can Serve Two Purposes – Your hostess will appreciate you if you bring a food storage container that can also be used to serve at the holiday meal. It’s stressful for the hostess to have to scramble to find a serving dish if you don’t bring one with you. Being able to transport your dish and serve it in the same food storage container is ideal.
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The Party Platter comes with a leak-proof Twist & Seal™ dip container that fits securely within the base. The outer lid snaps tightly onto the base for food storage and secure transportation. All components are 100% BPA free and are microwave, dishwasher and freezer safe.
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What tips to transport holiday food do you use? Enjoy your Thanksgiving and holiday celebrations and all that delicious food!
I’m a mom of 3, a veteran and military spouse. I’ve moved into 20+ homes all around the world. My passion is helping busy people make the space and time for what’s really important to them.
These are all great tips! I have to look for some of those Rubbermaid totes because we’re always bringing treats in for parties at school. For potluck parties, I usually use crockpot recipes since I have one that has clips to lock down the lid. I’d love for you to share some of your favorite room-temperature party food recipes!
Thanks, Corinne. Tell you what, after Christmas let’s have an easy-to-transport recipe challenge. 🙂
I love these! They are the best for picnics, parties, whatever. I’m usually not a big fan of plastic but these are an exception to the rule.
They really are perfect for transporting food. And I’m so happy that they’re made in the USA.
Hi Susan, I never thought about using containers that can serve two purposes. Great tip. I have a tip to share. Don’t let the accident prone person carry the treats. You might end up with an upside down cake. It happened to me. It still tasted good it just didn’t look pretty.
Oh, no, Darlene! I’m sure your family and friends didn’t mind, but how frustrating for you. That’s a great tip, thank you! Have a happy and stumble-free Thanksgiving.
These are great ideas (especially putting baked potatoes in the bag to keep food warm)! I’ll definitely remember these and subscribe for any future tips and tricks you have. I’d love for you to check out my Christmas Card List on my blog (and linked through Link Party Palooza). Thanks!
Thanks, Megan. I’m off to see your Christmas Card List
Your mini fall-inspired brownies look so delicious. And that carrier case to bring them to a potluck or kids party at school looks so handy.
Janis, I’m loving this carrier and my family loved the brownies. 😉
Susan, these are such great tips. I really like the one about thinking about taking room temperature foods. No need to worry that something will go bad. I think I need to get one of those Party Serving Kits. So many great uses.