Holiday gatherings and potlucks call for guests to bring favorite dishes, from casseroles to cakes, and from pasta salads to pies.
Whether you’re making and taking mashed potatoes, pecan or pumpkin pie, broccoli quiche, chocolate cupcakes, cranberry relish, turkey dressing, fruit salad, or the dreaded green bean casserole, you’ll likely want to carry your cuisine in a suitable container.
After all, hot dishes need to stay steamy, and cold items have to remain chilled. And no one wants to see a spill.
Sure, you could wrap your baking pan of lasagna in tin foil, covered with a bath towel or two. And you could stick your cranberry cheesecake in a cooler with a few bags of ice.
You could hold your crock pot upright between your feet in the car and hope it doesn't tip, if you can enlist someone else to do the driving to your holiday gathering.
You might even try to fit your travel-cooled casserole in your host’s oven, once you arrive, even if the turkey or roast leave little space for it.
But none of those steps are necessary, if you have the right food carriers on hand.
Here’s an assortment of food totes we love – for hot and cold dishes.
CorningWare French White Anyware 3-Quart Oblong Portable Dish – Who says take-along food carriers can’t be fancy? This three-quart rectangular stoneware dish, complete with lid, is oven- and microwave-safe and table-ready. A hot/cold gel pack set and insulated handled tote are included.
Crock Pot Travel Bag – Constructed of thermal-insulated nylon, this tote fits four- to seven-quart round or oval slow cookers. The zippered-top carrier features an internal strap to hold a crock pot lid in place and prevent spills, as well as an outer strap for carrying.
Pyrex Pie Plate Portable – This nine-inch round glass pie plate comes with a snap-locked plastic cover with handles. Oven- and microwave-safe, the pie plate works for hot or cold foods.
Sculpted Round Baking Dish with Slate Blue Plastic Lid and Blue Tote – Serve up a super side dish or casserole in this two-quart round baking dish from Anchor Hocking. A fitted lid and insulated tote are included for protection and portability to your potluck or party.
Snapware Snap 'N Stack Cookie and Cupcake Carrier – With three stackable interlocking trays, this plastic cupcake tote can hold three dozen cupcakes without tipping or squishing. It even comes with a sturdy lid and handles.
Do you already have a suitable collection of take-along food containers for your holiday party or potluck contributions? Don’t forget to pick up a few Portable Hot & Cold Packs, so you can microwave the hot ones and freeze the cold ones in time for your next event.
Here’s a bonus.
These handy and washable food carriers are super for taking home leftovers from holiday gatherings as well … if there actually are any leftovers after the feast.
5 super holiday or potluck take-along food carriers
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