HELP! Le Creuset Transport?
I live in downtown DC and I don't have a car. I also love cooking and often bring casseroles, stews, roasts to friend's houses and picnics.
The problem is that I cannot find any good way to transport a hot Le Creuset pan! I have the round 3 quart, the oval 7 quart, and a round 5 qt braiser.
I also have some general casserole type dishes that need some help in the transport department!
One big problem is that most of the "casserole carriers' out there aren't REALLY meant to be carried, they are meant to be brought out to the car, and that's it. Case in point, the Rachel Ray carriers, which insulate great, but you can't carry them by the handles if the casserole is full or else the velcro comes apart.
I have also found many (on Etsy etc) that caution against putting anything heavy in there. A full cast iron dutch oven IS HEAVY!
I need something that is REALLY for transporting - that I can walk with, or even bike with!
While I never bring all these dishes at once, I would like to find something that fits at least a few of them so as not to have 5 different cases.
I have scoured the internet and come up with nothing - does anyone have any suggestions?
When I did catering in DC, I would occasionally want to transport something I'd made in an LC that was still hot. Because I would want to heat it up again in said vessel when I got to my location, I also wanted to bring said vessel.
So what I did was separate the two for the journey. I took what I had cooked, put it in something transportable, usually something plastic, washed and dried the LC, and brought both.
I *strongly* advise getting a cab or a zipcar. Trying to walk or bike it could end badly.
Google "Reisenthel collapsible basket." It's the best bringing-food-places device (cakes, casseroles, etc), great farmers market tote, picnic basket, and more—and it gets so many compliments.
I would suggest a wire supermarket hand basket as pictured here: http://www.shopequip.co.uk/cat.asp?pa... For moving more than one: http://www.versacart.com/ezcart.php
I don't know if they are sold singly - perhaps on eBay, or perhaps a local store would sell you one of theirs. Such a basket has the advantage of being a multi-tasker. Some are large enough to hold a cooler, which would keep things warm, but wrapping the LC in towels or newspaper, then a plastic bag, will do a fairly decent job
If walking I would suggest a faux cambro, this would work well: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B000G66GS8?t...
You will want to line it with old bath towls to insulate it from the heat of the enameled cast iron to prevent the liner from warping. I use a similar device all the time, sans the wheels, to transport hot items in the car, for up to a couple of hours or more and they are still hot when we get there.
I don't think carrying a 7 qt oval LC with contents for any distance would be much fun, this device will make that trip much more enjoyable and keep your food nice and hot.