When it comes to food for potlucks or parties, I’m always the one who volunteers to bring something. That something is usually an oversized tub of chili, a huge casserole or a bucket of potato salad. Because I’m always late, I usually forget to cover that container, I hit a bump and… OOPS! Tuna casserole surprise all over the floor, or all over the seat if I’m especially unlucky that day. Well, the handy and super-organized people at Glenn Nissan shared some secrets of good food transportation after they saw me back in there again for a deep-cleaning of mystery food stains. I’m happy to say that after learning these great methods of food transit, I’ve been spill free!
Casseroles are always an interesting problem to transport. I just keep mine in the dish, cover with tinfoil, and hope for the best. If you’re crafty (which I’m totally not) you can sew one of these handy casserole carriers. Be careful though, you may start a Martha Stewart war with your friends when they spy this adorable tote! Not only that, your casserole is probably going to taste AMAZING!
You can actually buy a cupcake carrier, and they’re especially useful if you’re doing a lot of baking for kid’s parties or school activities. I had a two-tiered one and it was fantastic, but it does take up cabinet space. I passed it down to a friend of mine, and now I use either a sturdy cardboard box or a carefully covered casserole dish. The trick is to place the carrier on the floor in the back and put a towel or something around the outside to keep it from sliding around.
The Holy Grail of difficult to transport, soup is the worst. If it spills, there’s no saving it. You can try transporting it in a big pot, but that’s taking a big chance. My go-to is to get four or five large mason jars, fill them up, screw the lid on tight and pop them in a box. It fits in the trunk and won’t spill all over your clean car. You can bring your soup pot with you to the event, then dump the jars of soup back in and set it to simmer on the stove. Ta-da! No mess!
Chili, that wonderful ambrosia of beans and meat that can be topped with cheese and tastes like heaven! It can also seriously stain the interior of your vehicle, so be careful! What I do is close to how I transport soup but, instead of mason jars, I use two or three of the largest Tupperware containers I have. Again, when I arrive, it goes back in the pot and onto the stovetop. If you’re bold, you can also place the chili in a couple of heavy-duty freezer storage bags and make sure they’re sealed very, very tightly!
Transporting a cake or two tends to be a bit trickier. I never make my cakes any larger than one level, so I can usually add the frosting while it’s in the pan and then cover it with tinfoil. If it’s a bit fancier, I’ll go pick up a cake box at my local bakery. For either method, try to have a passenger that can hold the box while you drive. If that doesn’t happen, the floor is the best option with something around it to keep the sliding around to a minimum.
All this talk about food has reminded me that I haven’t eaten lunch yet! If you still need more tips on how to transport food in the car, mosey on down to Glenn Nissan and see what those gourmands have to say about transporting food for your next summer BBQ, potluck or other exciting event!