During the holiday season, many of us spend time gathering with friends and family for delicious holiday feasts. If you’ve been invited to bring a side dish or two to an upcoming dinner or get-together, be sure to use these tips for traveling with food to keep your food fresh and safe.
The unfriendly microorganisms that are responsible for food poisoning are just as possible at temperatures as low as 40 F as they are during warm summer days. Protect your cold dishes from this possibility by packing them into coolers or other insulated containers with plenty of ice packs.
Perhaps the surest way to travel with a dish meant to be served hot is to travel with it cold. Prepare your casseroles, your sweet potatoes, and your other warm side dishes the day before. If they require a long baking time, go ahead and bake them ahead of time as well, then let them cool completely. Pack these dishes in tightly with ice packs and bake or reheat them at your destination so that you can serve them warm and delicious.
If your drive is a bit shorter, or if you’re worried about oven space, you can also go ahead and bake your hot dish right before you leave, then pack it in an insulated carrier.
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