Do you ever feel overwhelmed, flustered and excitable at the thought of taking a meal to someone? Oh…that’s just me?!
Well, I always WANT to take meals to people but I let insecurity creep in and shy away from opportunities to bless others. I get fairly nervous and overthink what I’m going to prepare, check my food prep list a million times and rattle on about it until the day of delivery. I’m exhausted just writing that. 😉
Today, I’ve got a few helpful tips for taking meals to others and a recent disaster scenario that is now comical but wasn’t at the time…
Why Take Meals?
Meals are appreciated whether it’s for a shut-in, new mom, someone recovering from surgery or to just let someone know you care. Taking a meal is a way to use your homemaking skills to bless others.
One of my (many) goals since my recent “retirement” was to overcome that insecurity I mentioned and deliver more meals to people. I figure that practice is the best way to get more comfortable.
The first week of being home full time, I got an email of my first opportunity and signed up immediately to take a meal to someone.
Since it was October and fall is in full swing, I decided to make a chili. One of my recent faves is called Creamy Italian Sausage Chili. It’s a little different so I thought it would be a nice choice.
I prepared the following:
All went smoothly as I cooked. My bread rose beautifully and I didn’t forget to pull it out on time. I thought win win! Then disaster struck.
The moment I went to walk out the door, I picked up my steaming HOT chili and dropped the entire container onto the kitchen floor. REALLY?! Can you hear the whine and just imagine the (brief) tears? Oh NO!
I thought this is absolutely not how I wanted this to go. After a quick call to a friend and a prayer, I was out the door with what I prepared and a substitute for the chili that was a total loss. See picture and you’ll see what I mean!
While this little mishap could get me down, I’m determined to not let it. Actually, I’ll just add it to my list of homemaking adventures. On to the next meal is all I can say!
Helpful Tips as You Deliver Meals
1. Familiar Recipes
If you plan to take a meal to someone, then don’t try and be too adventurous. I’ve found that it is much simpler to go with a tried and true family recipe. You’ll find it less stressful and you’ll wonder less about whether it’s going to turn out well or not.
2. Food that Travels Well
In hindsight, chili may not have been my best bet for travel. Now I didn’t even get out the door but perhaps the mishap saved the floorboard of my car? Who knows… Just try and cook something that can be taken to the family with ease which will save stress, time and a little mess too.
3. Disposable Containers
Taking a meal will bless someone. Using disposable containers will bless them again. Why? Because they don’t have to clean up as much or track you down to return your containers later.
4. Freezer Meals
If you are constrained by time or a work schedule and find it hard to deliver hot food, then take a freezer meal instead. Label what it is, the cook time and instructions so it’s easy for your recipient to figure out. You can prepare a freezer meal in advance and take it on the day you are scheduled to deliver.
Despite my recent fiasco, I’m determined to get more comfortable in this area and take more meals to others. I love to cook and want to be a blessing with the skills and resources that I’ve been given. Homemaking skills are to be shared!