best potluck gadgets to transport Thanksgiving food
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We rounded up some of the best products for packing food and bringing it to a potluck or party—because sometimes plain old Tupperware and plastic wrap just won’t do.

It seems like most Thanksgiving celebrations are at least part potluck these days; someone always brings an extra pie (or casserole) and you’ll be disowned if you don’t make your famous dip or deviled eggs. This is doubly true for Friendsgiving, where the meal is usually communally curated. So these are some of the best products for transporting your food to a secondary location—without ruining all your hard work.

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From casserole carriers that keep your stuffing warm to pie-protecting boxes so not one crimp comes to harm, and even cute containers you can pack with leftovers for lucky guests, these will ensure everything travels well.

PieBox Pie Carrier, $35 on Food52

PieBox pie carrier potluck

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You didn’t know you were missing a box for pies in your life, did you? Made out of sturdy, unfinished pine, the PieBox will keep your 9-inch beauty from crumbling. Spring for the extra leather strap ($28 on its own or $55 when bundled together with the box) to help carry your pecan pie to Grandma’s house; you can never be too safe. And if you’re not a big pumpkin pie fan, think about putting the CakeBox, CookieBox, and/or BiscuitBox to use instead.Buy Now

Fancy Panz To-Go Casserole Carrier Set, 2 for $40 on Food52

Fancy Panz casserole cover carriers for potlucks

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Making your casserole, deep dish pie, vat of mac and cheese, or sheet cake in one of those disposable aluminum pans makes cleanup so easy, but they’re admittedly not as pretty on the table, nor as sturdy as a glass or ceramic pan. These casserole carriers are designed to keep your flimsy aluminum pans secure and gussy them up at the same time—simply pop out the clear lid to serve your masterpiece straight from the carrier-covered pan. These come in green, red, charcoal, and white, and are also available on Amazon in even more shades.Buy Now

Thanksgiving Bake Away Pans with Lids, $11.98 at World Market

Thanksgiving casserole pans

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If you don’t attend enough potlucks to make the reusable carriers worth it, consider these holiday-themed disposables instead. You get four round and four rectangular pans with enough lids for all of them, with cute illustrations and slogans (“‘Tis the Seasoning” and “Thankful for Leftovers”—so they’re also good for packing up extras for your friends or family to take home with them). World Market is also selling a set of pans with illustrated lids that have space for you to label your dish.Buy Now

Picnic Time Insulated Potluck Casserole Tote, $34 each on Food52

insulated casserole carrier bags

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This insulated carrier lets you leave your house with a piping hot green bean casserole that’s ready for the table when you get there. A real lifesaver if your host is short on oven space (they will be—and they will be thankful to have one less dish to wrangle and reheat)! There’s an upper section where you can stash utensils (with elastic loops to keep them in place) and smaller sides or other accessories. But if you’re bringing two casseroles (show-off), this two-tier insulated casserole tote will keep them both warm at once.Buy Now

Hamilton Beach Insulated Slow Cooker Carrier Bag, $14.99 on Amazon

slow cooker carrier for potlucks

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Whether you’re contributing Crock-Pot dip, butternut squash soup, a warm slow cooker cocktail, hot wings (for a football nosh, natch), or anything else you make (or can heat up) in a Crock-Pot, this carrier will keep it nice and toasty in transport; it fits slow cookers from 4 to 8 quarts.Buy Now

VonShef Snap and Stack 2-Tier Cupcake Carrier, $29.99 on Amazon

two tier cupcake carrier

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Pumpkin pie isn’t the only Thanksgiving-appropriate dessert around. Just check out our Pumpkin Spice Cupcake recipe, for instance. A tiered cupcake carrier is non-negotiable if you’re transporting anything over a half dozen, though. This snap-together, snap-apart carrier is great for storing in a small apartment and you can also use it for dinner rolls, or anything else you don’t want to get smushed.Buy Now

Wilton 10-Inch Cardboard Cake Box, $4.84 on Amazon

Wilton cardboard bakery box

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If “investment pieces” aren’t your thing when it comes to baking (see: PieBox and CakeBox above), look to these cheap, disposable cake boxes to transport your dessert instead. They’re fairly sturdy and make any cake or pie look like it came straight from a bakery.Buy Now

10-Inch Thanksgiving Paper Pie Boxes, 2 for $9.99 at World Market

10-Inch Thanksgiving Paper Pie Boxes

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If you want something along those lines that’s extra festive even before you lift the lid, these fall-themed bakery boxes are perfect. They’ll fit a 10-inch pie or cake, or assorted smaller baked goods, and are great for presenting a home-baked host or hostess gift.Buy Now

Prep Naturals Meal Prep Containers, 30 for $15.99 on Amazon

meal prep leftover containers

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If your concern is transporting leftovers, whether you stockpile these from your favorite Chinese restaurant or order them in bulk online, these classic to-go bowls are great for reheating food in the microwave. Since they’re disposable, you can send home extra turkey and stuffing with guests and not have to hound them for your meal prep containers next week. If you’d rather cut back on waste, though, there’s always Pyrex!Buy Now

Medium Thanksgiving Paper Take Away Cups with Lids, 6 for $7.99 at World Market

Thanksgiving leftover containers compostable

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Somewhere between those two options lie these compostable paper containers with charming fall designs. There’s also a larger size set if you’re feeling more generous with the spare sweet potato casserole.Buy Now

Ball 16-Ounce Mason Jars, 12 for $10.99 at Target

Ball mason jars

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If you’re assigned the cranberry sauce and the canned stuff just won’t cut it, the classic mason jar is the best way to go. It’s cheap (so it won’t matter if you don’t get it back), and more importantly, it won’t leak in your bag or over your Thanksgiving outfit. Also good for bringing extra homemade gravy if you’re worried there won’t be enough, or your famous pickles for the relish tray if your family still insists on having one of those. Or try toting chow chow this year; it’ll be amazing on those leftovers sandwiches.Buy Now

Snapware Snap ‘N Stack 2-Layer Deviled Egg Holder, $14.10 on Amazon

deviled egg carrier

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This may not be the prettiest deviled egg platter around, but what really matters is that (a) there’s no chance of losing your grip, and (b) you can fit a full dozen eggs in here, or 24 halves. As the name implies, you can snap and stack even more container layers together if you want to make a bigger batch of eggs—never a bad idea, because these always go fast in the lead-up to turkey time.Buy Now

Samshow Insulated 4-Bottle Wine Carrier with Corkscrew, $23.99 on Amazon

insulated wine carrier four bottles

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Not assigned to bring anything but the wine? Make sure it stays chill (and avoid taking up valuable fridge space) by packing it in this insulated tote bag that holds four bottles. It also includes a corkscrew that attaches under the lid in case the house wine opener gets misplaced or you just can’t get into the kitchen with all the commotion.Buy Now

Bonus: Paper Towel Roll

Perhaps your potluck contribution requires a serious knife. Make sure you don’t end up in the E.R. with this neat little trick. Use a cardboard paper towel roll and some duct tape to create the perfect knife sleeve. Squeeze the edges of one side together, fold over (about a half inch) and seal with duct tape.  

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Caitlin M. O'Shaughnessy is a New York City–based food writer and editor at Penguin who has worked on and recipe-tested several cookbooks. She is currently in search of NYC’s best ramen, and is one of the few people who admit to disliking brunch.
Jen is an editor at Chowhound. Raised on scrapple and blue crabs, she hails from Baltimore, Maryland, but has lived in Portland (Oregon) for so long it feels like home. She enjoys the rain, reads, writes, eats, and cooks voraciously, and stops to pet every stray cat she sees. Continually working on building her Gourmet magazine collection, she will never get over its cancellation. Read more of her work.
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