How to Keep Food Hot in a Cooler

By Christina Whitaker

As the name suggests, coolers are typically used to transport food on -the-go, while keeping them cold. However, lesser known is the cooler's alternative use--keeping hot foods hot. Yep, that's right.

baked mexican chicken fajitas with spanish rice in foil packet
credit: rez-art/iStock/GettyImages

Whether you're bringing hot food to a picnic or simply packing a hot lunch, a cooler might be the best way to transport it. To keep foods hot in a cooler, all you'll need are some towels and foil.

Step 1

Rinse the empty cooler with hot water to warm it's interior.

Step 2

Unroll foil on a flat surface.

Step 3

Place food in the center of the foil. Fold the sides of the foil across the food until covered completely. Wrap a second layer of foil around the food.

Step 4

Fold a towel in half twice and place it in the bottom of the cooler.

Step 5

Place food on top of towel.

Step 6

Fold another towel in half two times and place it on top of the food.

Step 7

Close the cooler.