It’s 5 p.m., and you’ve just spent the past two hours in the kitchen preparing a masterpiece to bring to your friend’s potluck dinner. Now all you have to do is drive to her house. Easier said than done, right? Ensure your culinary creations arrive at their destinations in one piece with these handy transport tips, plus some delicious recipes made for travel.
Find a cardboard box roughly the same size as your dish, then line the bottom with beach towels. Seal the top of the dish with foil, then place the entire dish in the box. Pack more beach towels or dish towels around the dish until it’s snug, then drape a few more on top for good measure.
Use the same method as for hot dishes, except instead of towels use newspaper. Slip icepacks into each side of the box to keep the dish cool while you’re in transit.
For pies, place an extra pie tin upside-down over the pie, then seal the two tins with a layer of foil or tape. For cakes, insert a few toothpicks into the top of the cake, then cover it with plastic wrap. For extra safety, put it in a cake box as well. Place both pies and cakes on a yoga mat or other grippy surface in your trunk and voilà, you’re set!
Whet everyone’s appetite with a delicious avocado bruschetta: Roast tomatoes and then add diced avocado, red onion, and basil. Transport separately and top toasted baguette slices with the mixture and a balsamic reduction on-site.
Or make a delicious pasta salad with bowtie pasta, roasted eggplant, and tomatoes in a creamy avocado sauce. Simply combine avocados, lemon juice, garlic, basil, and salt and pepper to taste in a food processor, then mix into your pasta salad for a creamy treat.
Finished cooking, but still have avocado to spare? Use this method to preserve unused avocado halves.