When packaging up a meal to go, it’s important to keep in mind a few tips and tricks to ensure all arrives unscathed.
- Choose a cooler or picnic basket large enough to hold everything that’s needed.
- Pack meal components in reusable airtight containers. If you’re eating outdoors, consider packing your meal in single-serve quantities to reduce the amount of serving utensils needed and reducing the risk of spilled soup.
- Keep components such as dressings, fillings, and optional extras stored away in separate containers until needed. This helps to prevent your meal from becoming soggy during transport.
- While freezer packs are useful in keeping food chilled, you can also freeze water in a reusable bottle. Not only will it keep the food cool, but as the ice melts, you’ll be left with an extra supply of cold water to enjoy.
- To best preserve chilled foods, remember the mantra that heat rises and cold sinks. Cold packs should be the last item to go into your cooler or basket, on top of the food containers.
- Don’t forget to pack reusable or eco-friendly plates, cutlery, glasses, and napkins that you can whisk away at the end of the meal. Mom will surely appreciate not having to do the dishes.