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Driving With Food: a User’s Guide

Commuting with your cooking a tricky business. Everyone’s had—or at least nearly had— the experience of lovingly crafting an elaborate meal, only to have it end up splattered across your backseat. Don’t do that. These quick tricks will make sure your food travels comfortably from kitchen to car seat to counter-top.  

Choose Your Foods Carefully

Lots of food will work well for your travels. Pies, cakes, cookies, etc. Baked goods are especially easy to transport. Neat boxes keep your car clean and the food where it belongs. A box of brownies, a container of cookies, or a dish of danishes will make you the star of your family function. And your backseat will thank you. Wrap it up and go!

Avoid soups, stews, and other liquid-based foods. When brainstorming food creations, keep this easy motto in mind: consider the splatter. If traffic makes you brake, will it slosh around? If so, skip it.


Heaps of products are built to keep your car clean. These products aren’t hard to find. After all, keeping food contained is common goal. Here are some household products that will keep things where they need to be.

  • Slow cooker bags. If you need to make your award winning stew and slog it across town to keep your relatives happy, you may get a little nervous. Well, guess what? Your local grocery store undoubtedly stocks these easy sealing bags. Cook it and wrap it. 
  • Solid containers. This is another fix to help you transport most anything. Got a cooler? Problem solved! Even if there is some mess, it will be contained and easy to clean.
  • Ice packs. Keep cool! It doesn’t matter how together you keep your food if it melts, spoils, or otherwise goes bad.

Drive Carefully

No amount of prep is going to protect your casserole from.a crash or a sudden swerve. You’ve remember the crash test dummies? Now imagine crash test dumplings. Stick to all posted speed limits. Follow all road signs and safety warnings. And actually, you might want to consider staying under the limit when you’ve got food on board.

If you do have a close call, remember that some things are more important than your food. Don’t become a distracted driver for the sake of your stew. An accident could spoil more than your supper.

Consider Freshness

If you’re going for a long drive, plan ahead! Some foods need to be eaten as soon as they’re made. Don’t make those foods. Buying fresh produce the day you leave will ensure that things arrive in their most pristine state. Foods that last means you don’t have to drive too fast. Again, baked goods are a solid choice here; they’ll last for days at room temperature, making brownies, bars, and the like the ideal category for travelling food.

And, if you’re feeling lazy, just stop out and buy something pre-made! You might feel a little goofy strolling into the your event with prepackaged goods, but let’s be honest: people like that stuff.

Driving With Food: a User’s Guide Reviewed by Brandon on 12:03 AM Rating: 5

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