Food and drink carriers help us to be on the go. We take them with us to escape into the big outdoors, to keep hot or cold beverages and meals at a constant temperature for the journey, or simply to store food at home. Read on to learn more about the different types of drink and food carriers on the market:
What is a food carrier?
A food carrier is an umbrella term for a container, basket or bag for transporting food from A to B. They’re particularly handy for picnics and excursions. Depending on how long you plan to stay out for and what type of food you take with you, there are different qualities to look out for:
Food carriers for leisure activities:
If you’re going to a park, a traditional hamper is a stylish way to both transport and present a feast for an outdoor celebration, with handy compartments and straps for safely holding cutlery and crockery in place. The one downside to picnic baskets is that they can be on the bulky side, so for walks or cycling trips a lightweight lunch tote is a more practical choice.
Insulated food carriers:
Lined with layers of foam and foil or other insulating materials, a thermal food carrier bag is a must for summertime or long trips. Cool bags are easy to clean with plenty of space for lunch boxes and often come in vibrant patterns and modern designs. Rigid containers such as food thermoses have double walls with a vacuum between them, keeping meals hot throughout the day.
What is a drinks carrier?
When lots of drinks need to be carried at one time, a beverage carrier is extremely convenient. They are made from strong materials such as aluminium or durable rattan to bear the load, and often feature compartments or high edges to stop bottles or glasses from falling over. Make the right choice bearing in mind the distance you have to go and whether you are using them at home or outdoors. Here are some examples of drinks carriers and their uses:
These are simple and versatile, and come in a variety of styles. A good drinks tray features a rim and handles on either side, to ensure a steady hold when bringing in refreshments to guests. Some trays also come with stands, allowing you to display spirits and leave other surfaces free during gatherings.
Drinks carriers for festivals:
Made from durable materials for carrying heavy beer bottles or fragile glasses, reusable drinks carriers are more sturdy than disposable carrier bags and also eco-friendly. Some feature a single handle to keep your other hand free, whereas cup carriers for hot drinks can be held easily in one hand. Fold away drinks carriers are especially handy for camping trips when you need your packing to be lightweight and compact.
Which food container is the best?
For every type of food or activity, there is a food carrier or container. The best containers for kitchen storage
have airtight lids and food safe ceramic or tin bodies and are particularly suitable for baked or dry goods. To free up fridge space and keep your potatoes and onions from spoiling, store them in baskets or wooden boxes to allow the air around them to circulate.
When you’re out and about, the best food carriers should ideally have an airtight lid that locks into place. Plastic containers are lightweight and are often transparent so that it is easy to see the contents, but they are porous and can absorb the odours of your food over time. Glass containers solve this issue and won’t discolour, but they’re much heavier to carry around.
A good middle ground is a bamboo fibre or stainless steel lunch box: look out for steel grades 18/8 and 18/10 to be sure that the steel is food safe. Thermos flasks
have the same properties as these are lined with steel, but they have the advantage of keeping food hot for a long time and being leak-proof.
Each food and drink carrier has its own strengths. Take the time to weigh up the options and browse the broad choice on the Houzz Shop to find the best one for you.
Where to buy drink and food carriers?
Shop the wide range of food and drink carriers on Houzz UK. The selection is carefully curated with a focus on high-quality and durable materials, including everything from reusable plastic cups and water bottles
to picnic baskets. Houzz UK also offers a range of photogenic food containers to help you reach your kitchen goals.