When our crew has the right weather, they need meals to-go! Packing up some 10-15 meals for a hungry gang can be daunting unless you have a few tricks up your sleeve.
Even if you don't run a farm or serve folks in fields, I bet you might be running to soccer, headed to a meeting, or need to take a meal on the go. Here are our top 5 meal to-go tricks and tips!
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Top 5 meals TO-GO tricks!
#1 Good Packaging!
We finally found the best divided, compostable, trays! Up until this year we had been using styrofoam divided trays. I've always had a love, but mostly hate relationship with styrofoam. It keeps food to-go nice and warm, but it doesn't break down. I needed something to keep food warm, not leak and be able to compostable!
- Made from unbleached, chlorine free, pesticide free, dye free, natural discarded wheat stalk bagasse (sugarcane fiber)
- Microwave safe - withstands heat and is liquid/oil resistant, can be used both with hot and cold foods
- Contains no plastic or wax lining. Strong and sturdy, durable cut resistant construction. I even filled the tray with water and let it sit for 6 hours....no leaking, people!
- Tree-free, environmentally beneficial, sturdy construction, compostable
#2 Keep it hot...and contained
If we're serving something hot on a cool day, we'll insert a piece of foil into our trays to keep the food extra warm and contained.
#3 Jars of Milk!
We love serving fresh, cold milk to our hungry crew and it has been received so well, we invested in a couple small racks of drinking jars. This makes carrying milk out to the field super easy! The kids love handing these jars out! Be sure to fill those babies up to the top though, the cold milk goes down good!
After a long evening of feeding folk, toss these into the dishwasher and be sure to wash those straws out by hand using a nice straw brush!
#4 Laundry Baskets!
Another one of our multifunctional items in our household is the laundry basket! They function as child dividers, play cars, unavoidable loads of laundry, fort accessories and, yes, field meal carriers! I can fit about 8 meal trays to-go in one of these baskets! And if a tray spills out or the basket gets set down in the mud, they clean up easy and just like that they are ready for the next load of procrastinated laundry!
But, if you're like me or are a farmer's wife who handles the day-to-day primarily single-handedly you know full-well that we can't do this alone!
Get your kids involved! Our kids love dishing up food! Counting how many people are in the field, running in the house and setting that many trays out! It's like a math lesson and catering master class in one!
Even the littlest ones set the forks out, or get the napkins ready. Many hands make for lighter work and I want them all to know they are capable of contributing!
The big kids love writing little message of gratitude on the covers of the trays with sharpies!
Our kids are part of this thing we call life, they are not honored guests that live here.
But How Do I Get My Kids To Want To Help, I hear you say!
Here's my tip!
Model it with great joy and enthusiasm. But don't say, "I need your help!"
Just enjoy what you are doing, sing a song, whistle while you work, heck even put one of those, fake-it-till-you-make-it smiles, on your face!
They'll wonder what's so great about what moms up to and want to join right on in.
I tend to do a lot of outward talking like, "man it feels good to be able to support the folks helping us out today!" or "Phew that was hard, but we did it together, didn't we!"
Then when the chaos of the night is through, we toss up some high fives and bust out the ice cream!
The brains own reward system will start singing...."that was a good time, I think I'll try it again, sometime!"
What do you do that makes your meals on the run, easier? Comment below!
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Have a great week!