Helpful Potluck Hints
Here are some tips to help:
Make sure to keep cold food in the refrigerator
until just before you leave. Contact your host to ensure they have
enough room in their refrigerator.
Use a cooler filled with ice or freezer packs
to keep food cold during the trip and while at the event.
Place cold salads, appetizers and desserts in
serving bowls set inside a large pan filled with ice.
If refrigeration is simply not possible, allow
foods to remain at room temperature for no more than 4 hours in
total (Donít forget that includes transportation time!)
Prepare hot foods ahead of time at home, cool,
then refrigerate. Reheat when you arrive at the potluck. Always
reheat foods to an internal temperature of 165įF.
Choose recipes that can be prepared and served
from a slow-cooker. Contact the host to make sure there are
electrical outlets nearby and plug it in as soon as you arrive.
Pack an extension cord just in case!
Before arriving, inform your host if you need
to use the oven, microwave or stovetop to heat your dish. Try a
Make & Freeze Recipe; they allow you to bring a frozen item and
reheat it when you arrive!
If hot foods must remain at room temperature,
discard anything thatís been left out for more than 4 hours total.
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Use a return address label to identify any pans
or utensils that you bring to the potluck. This will ensure you
get them back!
If you are hosting a potluck, consider using a
sign-up sheet so guests can let others know what they will bring
and avoid any duplications.
Remember that most people will take small
portions in order to sample more dishes. So, a recipe that makes 4
servings may be enough to feed 8 people.
Consider investing in a chafing dish or hot
plate if you enjoy hosting or attending potlucks and parties.
Have serving platters washed and ready for each
of your guests' dishes. You want to make their dish feel like part
of the party!
Make sure everyone is on the same page ahead of
time. Remember to assign different categories to each guest so
that there aren't too many desserts, appetizers, or what have you.
Provide take home containers for your guests to
take home leftovers, or have them use the containers they brought.
Letting them bring some of the food home will reward them for
Extra note: If
you are bringing a dish to a potluck, use a casserole dish or a
Tupperware container to transport your dish. Make sure it's
sealed tight and won't be a mess when you get to your destination.