If you are attending a holiday dinner instead of cooking it in your own home, you will probably be asked to bring something.
While you may know exactly what to bring, you also need to think about how to safely transport the food as well as keeping it warm. Here are some good recommendations for bringing dishes to your holiday gathering.
How to Keep Food Warm While Traveling
Use a Slow Cooker
One good way to bring dishes to your holiday dinner is by using a travel slow cooker. Not only are they a convenient way to cook your holiday dish, but you can keep the food in the slow cooker, unplug it, and use the clip or rubber band that keeps the lid on securely.
Best rated travel slow cookers:
Hamilton Beach 33761 Wrap and Serve Slow Cooker, 6 Quart – WhiteHamilton Beach 33462 Stay or Go Portable Slow Cooker, 6-QuartHamilton Beach Programmable Slow Cooker, 5-Quart with Lid Latch Strap & Chalkboard Panels, Red (33551)Crock-Pot SCCPVL400-R 4-Quart Cook and Carry Slow Cooker, Red Stainless SteelCrockpot 2.5-Quart Mini Casserole Crock Slow Cooker, White/BlueCrock-Pot 3.5-Quart Programmable Digital Casserole Crock Slow Cooker, Plum
How to keep food warm in a slow cooker
Either carry it like this once the outside cools off, wrap it in towels and carry it, or use a slow cooker travel bag. These bags usually keep it warm without burning your hands and have an easy handle on top so it is easy to transport it to the party.
Get a Casserole Dish Holder
If you are making your holiday dish in a casserole pan, then get a casserole dish holder. These are similar to slow cooker bags, but they are meant to hold standard size casserole dishes.
You still need to make sure the casserole is covered properly, but then you can place it in the holder.
Some of them hold more than one dish by having multiple compartments in it. They are sturdy and meant to carry a lot of weight, but you should still test it before you head off.
How to safely secure your casserole dish in the trunk
Don’t want to be holding your favorite dish in the car for 3 hours? The good news is that you don’t have to!
Easy way to transport a pie safely
Simply take a dinner plate, turn it over, and place on top of the pie tin. Then wrap it either in aluminum foil or plastic wrap.
Glass vs. plastic: What keeps food warm longer?
Glass containers hold heat better than plastic. Before leaving on your trip, be sure to wrap towels around each glass container.
More useful tips for keeping food warm and safe when traveling
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