you’ve ever made a batch of homemade gumbo, you know just how messy a good Roux can be if you spill it onto
the floor, or (God help you) onto some carpet.
For deer season this year, the boys at deer camp were begging me to
assemble a good old fashioned Louisiana Chicken & Sausage Gumbo, and I
did. I made more than two gallons of the
stuff and only when it was finally finished simmering did I start to wonder,
“How, on earth, am I going to transport this all the way to the cabin in the
extremes of Northern Minnesota?” You
can’t just put two gallons of gumbo into a suitcase. I suppose you could pour it into about 40
mason jars and lid them all up, then put them into a cooler… but who wants to
go to that much trouble?
about all of the delicious
side dishes that you plan to make this year.
From office pot-luck lunches to neighborhood block parties and family
gatherings, you’re about to spend a significant amount of time in your kitchen
baking and cooking incredibly succulent dishes to impress your friends &
“fam.” The last thing you want is to
ruin your perfect pie or your savory stuffing by bouncing it around in your
car, truck, or mini-van. Fortunately, I
bring solutions to this problem!
the cook on a budget, there’s always the “towel fence.” Take a look at the area on the floor of your
car, behind the driver’s seat. It’s nice
and square, and it will fit almost any casserole dish or pie plate that you have
in your kitchen. Roll up two towels like
a long snake, and use them to create a bounded fence around that area. Line the floor of the fence with a third
towel, insert your appliance, and cover with a fourth towel to keep it warm.
big warehouse stores like Costco or Sam’s Club, they sell insulated freezer
bags that zip closed. Customers use them
to transport frozen items home from their store. There’s no reason that you can’t use these to
transport hot food as well and since they seal, they contain any leaks that may
spring due to some extra bouncy holiday driving. Plastic cling-wrap is remarkably useful when
it comes to food transport. Crock pots,
casserole dishes, and almost anything with a lid can be sealed tightly with
lots of tightly wound plastic wrap. I
wrap my stuff so tight, I’m confident that you could turn it upside down and it
wouldn’t leak. The best part is, you
only need a quick flick of a knife to free your goodies.
year, I’m asking for one of Rival’s new crock pots. They have removable stone-wear inserts (good
for transporting hot or cold things) and they have locking lids specifically
designed for transport. Bungee cords and
rubber bands be damned, why did it take them so long to design two snap-lock handles
that lock down the lid?