It’s that time of the year for holiday parties at work and family gatherings at home. If you volunteered to help out and are unsure of how to safely transport holiday foods during the drive, check out these helpful tips:
- Hot foods: Grab a laundry basket or cardboard box and line it with towels. Place the hot dish inside, and pack even more towels inside to prevent it from moving or spilling.
- Cold foods: If you can’t find your cooler in the garage, never fear. Grab a small crate and fill it with ice packs (or frozen veggies) wrapped in towels. Then place the cold dish inside.
- Pie: You can prevent a dessert fiasco by placing a second pie tin upside down atop your pie and sealing them together using foil. This will help keep the pie warm and prevent accidental spilling.
- Timing: If you are driving a long distance or are taking food to work in the morning for a party after 5, consider cooking the food the day before and freezing it, then allowing yourself time at the party to heat it up in the oven. Always ask the host beforehand.
- Snacks: When in doubt, go with snacks that don’t need to be heated or cooled, as long as the host is covered with everything else.