How to Keep Food Hot in a Cooler

By Christina Whitaker

Though coolers are often used to transport cold foods, they can also be used to transport hot foods. 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, you will need foil and towels.

Keep hot foods hot by placing them in a cooler.

Step 1

Rinse the empty cooler with hot water to warm it.

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 in this same manner.

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.