By Nadia Nygaard

Creamy macaroni and cheese can be a delicious side dish at a barbecue, potluck or picnic. But to serve an appetizing meal and avoid illness, you need to keep the dish as hot as possible.

Keep hot foods hot at a picnic.

Step 1

Cover your dish of macaroni and cheese immediately after removing it from the oven. Use a double layer of heavy-duty aluminum foil. Pinch the edges tightly closed, using oven mitts to avoid burns.

Step 2

Place the dish into a portable, insulated carrier. Most carriers are made for standard baking dishes and have a reflective inner lining to help retain heat. Carriers can be purchased at most general goods stores, or you can make your own if you're skilled at sewing.

Step 3

Take the dish immediately to the picnic, allowing as little time as possible for the pasta to cool.

Step 4

Serve the macaroni and cheese from a portable heating unit, often called chafing dishes or buffet servers. Place your food container on the server, then light the fuel holders and arrange them underneath the server.