One of the many questions we get asked is if you can keep foods warm in our cooler bags. And the answer is yes, all insulated bags can be used for cooling AND keeping foods warm.
Whether it’s for the food industry, tailgating parties or the neighborhood get together – we have some tips for you on the best way to pack you cooler so that your foods stay warm.
Now, you can’t just heat up your food and then toss it in the cooler and hope for it to stay warm, ain’t gonna happen. You have to “help” it stay warm.
First things first: Prepare or reheat your foods as close to the time of packing as possible. Then wrap up your pots/items in tin foil. (if you don’t want to use foil you can wrap it in a kitchen towel – but I have found the foil to work best and you can always reuse the foil – so no waste). The trick is to use hot gel packs (yes, we have ‘em too!). Heat them up as instructed and place the hot packs under and around your foods and then wrap with a kitchen towel. Carefully place in the cooler. Try filling up spaces with kitchen towels – this is important as not allowing for empty space also helps the insulated bags keep your foods warm.
I know there’s no need to say this…but I must mention it – please don’t put any cold foods in with your hot foods.
Keep the cooler closed until ready to serve. Remember to serve the foods quickly within several hours for maximum food safety – please use your own judgment to determine food safety.