Having an outdoor party--how do I keep meat/cheese trays cold???

@ktroth (378)
United States
June 11, 2007 10:21am CST
In a couple weeks, I'm having a surprise party for my husband at a park. I am ordering large meat/cheese trays and I want to be able to keep them cold. The trays are a heavy duty plastic (I'm getting them from Sam's Club). Does anyone have any ideas of how to keep them cold? They are too big to fit in a cooler.
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• United States
11 Jun 07
Here's what I've done: (1) Get a box of large zip lock freezer bags (2) Get some large shopping bags or small garbage bags (3) Get several bags of ice (4) Fill each freezer bag full of use, but keep them as flat as possible (5) Transport the trays with the freezer bags of ice surrounding them in the large shopping bag or small garbage bag (flat, of course) (6) When setting the table, lay the freezer bags over the serving trays until you're ready to unwrap them (7) If they'll lay flat enough, place serving trays on top of the freezer bags when you're ready to unwrap them I hope this helps! Another option is to fill the freezer bags with water ahead of time and freeze them VERY flat ahead of time. That way, you can be sure they'll lay flat enough under the trays when it comes time to open up the serving trays. The other option is, of course, if you forget to get them in the freezer on time! :)
@laydee (12820)
• Philippines
28 Sep 07
we use those trays for catering. We put the ice cubes below then cover them up to keep them cool. If you don't have those get two trays (one bigger than the other but the same shape) then put ice below and put the service tray on top. For fruits, we usually just put the ice with the fruits. =)
@drannhh (14676)
• United States
19 Oct 07
If you are near a Sam's Club then there must be WalMart nearby and they sell dry ice by the pound. Using dry ice seems like the best way to keep this food cold to me. When you are done, you can use what is left to make pretty steam, like the mist in those New Age fountains.
@aleeming1 (163)
• Canada
11 Jun 07
Hmm, that is a good question. I was actually wondering the same thing. I can use a cooler cause mine fit, but I would rather not and have them on the table so it would be easier for people to eat.