Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and that means: Thanksgiving leftovers.
As excited as we are about the Thanksgiving feast (the gravy, the cranberry sauce, the cousin who always has a little too much to drink), we can’t stop thinking about all of the delicious creations to be made with Thanksgiving leftovers. We’re talking warm turkey and gravy sandwiches, sweet potato frittatas and cranberry sauce drizzles.
Some people prefer to keep all of the Thanksgiving leftovers for themselves, while those of a more generous nature like to send them home with their guests.
So imagine the horror – you’ve just had an amazing Thanksgiving meal and you’re already thinking about piling that cranberry sauce on a thick turkey sandwich for breakfast when you realize – you don’t have anything to put the food in other than a plastic bag and that will definitely not keep your food fresh on the drive home.
Don’t make the mistake of not bringing an insulated bag with you to Thanksgiving – both for the food you brought to share and for the food you want to take home!
The best thing about Thanksgiving leftovers (or any leftovers for that matter), is that they often taste even better the day after (or the day after the day after) they were made. In order to keep everything fresh, Thanksgiving leftovers that will be doing some traveling, should be packed up after dinner in an insulated bag for the ride home.
A well insulated cooler is your best bet for keeping hot foods hot and cold foods cold, no matter how long your trip home may be.
Why you need a Thermal Freezer Tote for your Thanksgiving leftovers
Whether you’re in charge of getting the groceries, bringing the desserts or packing up the Thanksgiving leftovers, a freezer tote is your knight in shining armor – for any gathering, including Thanksgiving.
When it comes to turkey day, there are tons of reasons to use this bag
1. Food Safety
There are rules of thumb to follow when it comes to safely using Thanksgiving leftovers, including packaging and refrigerating food within the first two hours of serving.
If you’re not going to be leaving in that time frame, opt to divide the leftovers into everyone’s travel containers and leave them in the refrigerator until it’s time to go. For a more general approach to this topic, check out this Food Safety Guide for information on food storage, food handling and more!
2. Holds Everything
Forget about trying to juggle hot, heavy containers or jugs of squash soup! Store all of your Thanksgiving leftovers into a Thermal Tote and avoid the potential for a mess. This is especially handy if you bring your own containers for leftovers.
3. Easy Carrying
You won’t need to carry handfuls of bags when you’ve got a Thermal Tote. The spacious design and long straps make this bag a breeze to manage, even if you’re just walking a few blocks! With a capacity of up to 60 lbs., you can pack a lot of leftovers inside this tote!
4. Simple to Store
The Thermal Tote is designed to fold and can be stacked, stored under seats or hidden away in the trunk.
5. Temperature Control
High density thermal insulation with Therma-Flect ® radiant barrier is the key to this bag’s performance and why it is perfect for transporting food (not just leftovers). It doesn’t matter if you’re bringing home frozen treats, warm casseroles or chilled turkey…a bag like this will help to keep your items at the right temperature until you get home.*
Quick Tip: Before you hit the road, consider tossing some ice into your cooler. Leftovers that are cooling off might need some extra help, and a cooler temperature will ward off bacteria until you can get everything into the fridge or freezer.
6. Keeps the Car Clean
When it’s time to pack up the car, the new challenge becomes: How can I pack all of this food in the car without having it spill, break or leak?
Fortunately, the Thermal Tote has you covered. Designed with a flat bottom, the tote easily stays upright which means the food inside will too.
Want to know more about the Arctic Zone Thermal Tote? It’s not just for Thanksgiving! Read about all of the great features of this bag, and the 8 reasons to use a reusable grocery bag.
*Load the Thermal Tote with either cold or hot food, not both. As the tote has one large compartment, it is not designed to carry both hot and cold food at the same time.
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