A lot of work goes into cooking a holiday dinner. If you plan on taking your Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, or other holiday dinner to-go in your RV, car, or uber, check out these tips. The holiday season is a popular time for travel so be sure to buckle up if you are traveling on the roads. That means buckling yourself and your holiday dishes, too.
How do you transport Thanksgiving dinner?
If you plan on having your Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, or other holiday celebration elsewhere this year, there are a few ways to make your holiday road trip less stressful. Depending on where you are going, consider your cooking methods. If you attend a large Christmas gathering and won’t get your dish back, a disposable pan might be better than your grandma’s vintage Pyrex.
However, a sealing lid on a casserole dish will keep your food warm and safe. A zippered carrier like the Pyrex Casserole Carrier will help keep your food safe and make it easier to carry. It is a good idea to keep the dish from sliding around still. You can use something like a laundry basket and towels to secure the container. Depending on how much room you have, placing the dish on the floor is better than on the seat. The trunk is also a good idea if you can ensure it isn’t going to slide around during acceleration.
If you used a slow cooker to make your potatoes, casseroles, or other festive items, you can travel with that too. Many Crock-Pots and slow cookers have a locking lid. Similar to the casserole carrier, there are also slow cooker bags to help transport it. You can use a towel to keep small spills at bay; just make sure you secure the slow cooker wherever you put it. Cook your favorite Thanksgiving sides in the slow cooker and plug it in again when you arrive.
How do you transport a cooked turkey and keep it warm?
The Hallmark Channel knows a little something about the holidays. Such as: turkey or ham is the most important part of the holiday meal! If you are responsible for cooking the Thanksgiving turkey this year but need to move it, have no fear. Depending on how you cook your Thanksgiving turkey, you should probably have a roasting pan. Ideally, this pan will have a lid. Find a cardboard box that will fit the pan before you start cooking. Home improvement stores like Home Depot or Lowes will have heavy-duty moving boxes that would be ideal.
Once you have your box, you want to gather some towels and newspapers. This will help keep your RV, car, SUV, or Uber clean. Newspaper and towels will help insulate the pan while also absorbing some moisture. Plus, it’ll keep spills minimal. You don’t want to travel too far with a cooked Thanksgiving turkey, though. If you have a long trip, it might be best to bring something temperature stable.
If you have any non-slip hot pads or trivets, you can place these at the bottom of the box. A non-stick surface will help keep your dishes from bouncing around. Try some of your local discount stores like TJ Maxx or Home Goods if you are short on supplies. You can usually find such items at a reasonable price in the kitchen section.
Don’t forget dessert for Thanksgiving!
Transporting dessert doesn’t have to be hard! There are a variety of ways to get your baked goods to your next destination. Pizza boxes can be a helpful tool if you have some lying around. If you have cupcakes, you can cut X’s in the top of the pizza box while it is folded over. This allows you to place the cupcake in the box while the bottom is supported as well as the top.
Your local dollar store probably has a section with foil containers. These can be helpful for carrying or cooking in. You might also be able to find some reusable containers in the same area. If you are heading to a big gathering, bringing your own to-go containers can be helpful if you plan on bringing leftovers home.
Holiday travel can be hectic, but your meal doesn’t have to be. Try to make things easier on yourself before you head out the door. Don’t forget to buckle before heading out for Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, and everything in between.