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What type of food do you make for the family when someone has died?

post #1 of 11
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My grandfather died last year and people sent tons of food, mostly fried chicken. Now here recently I have two friends who have lost a close loved one. I want to send food but not sure what to make. I can't make fried chicken to save my life.
post #2 of 11
Casserole type dish that can be reheated in microwave

rolls and cold cuts and cheese


I think things that can easily be grabbed whenever one or another can eat is a good idea
post #3 of 11
I always make my chicken pot-pie and then a cake or pie.

Sometimes I will go to my favorite B-B-Que place, and get a family pack to take.

The last couple of times when somebody had died, I have taken paper plates, cups, napkins, paper towels, forks, baggies, reynolds wrap and anything else, that I think they might need to help feed a crowd.
post #4 of 11
my family has always taken lasginia, baked ziti rolls... or cold cuts, cheese, rolls plater to make sanwiches.
Browines and or choclate chip cookies.
post #5 of 11
I suggest making something that freezes well, because many times the food is not consumed right away (no one has much of an appetite). I like making chili or a casserole that I know freezes well.
post #6 of 11
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Originally Posted by ruthie View Post

The last couple of times when somebody had died, I have taken paper plates, cups, napkins, paper towels, forks, baggies, reynolds wrap and anything else, that I think they might need to help feed a crowd.

That is a great idea--someone brought this stuff when my Grampa died and it was great because we had tons of food & lots of people, and this stuff made it so much easier. She even put in a pack of toilet paper--something I'd have never thought of!

I usually make meatloaf or shredded chicken & take along buns with it, maybe chips or a big pan of scalloped taters, and usually a cake or cupcakes. I just make sure it's all in disposable pans/dishes so they don't have to bother knowing who to return stuff to.
post #7 of 11
I took fried chicken from my grocery store with sides of mac and cheese and a bagged salad.

Taking paper goods sounds like a great idea.

I had a friend who died of cancer a year ago and her Sunday school class brought meals for her husband and kids for a week and five people brought lazagne! Because of that I try to ask what would be helpful or coordinate with other people who are bringing stuff.
post #8 of 11
I would also suggest drinks. We had someone bring a bunch of gallons of tea over to our family when someone passed. We are in the south, and yes almost eveyone drinks it, and it is time consuming to make homemade. I thought that was really sweet. You could bring some 2 liters of soda, diet and reg or maybe some juice that doesn't have to be refrigerated. Also, some paper or plastic cups would be good.
post #9 of 11
I always make Chicken and Dumplins. That always seems to go over really well.
post #10 of 11
We are often called on to cook for funeral dinners with our church and there is a list of things that are asked for. We always do macaroni and cheese because it appeals to everyone. When I cook for someone outside of the church we do a casserole, a veggie and a dessert. My mom's best friend lost her mother recently and my mom made a casserole for the funeral dinner that so many people are still asking for the recipe for. The beauty of it is that it freezes beautifully.
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