Large Square Cool & Serve

Top 13 Uses for the Large Square Cool & Serve

Keeping your potluck salads, fruit platters, and picnic treats cool and fresh can be tricky. Our Large Square Cool & Serve keeps food cool up to 6 hours, even outdoors! With this exclusive must-have, you’ll keep whatever’s on the menu chilled and delicious.

1. Vegetable Tray With Dip

Fill with such crowd-pleasers like peppers, celery, carrots, cucumbers, broccoli, and mushrooms. Or try jicama, snap and snow peas, asparagus, spears, radishes, and grape tomatoes. Serve with this 3-ingredient Classic Party Dip which can be customized using your favorite seasoning mixes.


Photo by @laurenrodycheberle


2. Deviled Eggs

Next time you’re bringing your famous deviled eggs to a gathering, you can avoid these three common issues—messy transportation, sloppy presentation, and fear of spoiling.
Each of the two cooling inserts has 12 wells (24 total) to keep deviled eggs neatly in place and chilled for easy transport and display. Don’t have a favorite recipe? Try this delicious and easy Pressure Cooker Pimento Cheese Deviled Eggs.

Quick Cooker Pimento Cheese Deviled Eggs

3. Build the Ultimate Burger

Keep all the burger toppings cool, fresh, and in one place during your next cookout. Fill the 5-Section Tray insert with the standards: onion, tomato, pickle, and lettuce. And don’t forget the bacon!

Burger Toppings in a Cool & Serve

4. Refreshing Fruit Platter

Keep fruit cool and refreshing at all your outdoor gatherings. Grownups will love this creamy Margarita Dip that has a splash of tequila in it. When it’s time for dessert, try this Strawberry Cheesecake Dip paired with pound cake, graham crackers, or vanilla wafers!


5. Easy Antipasto

Arrange a simple, beautiful display of marinated artichoke hearts, roasted red peppers, and olives paired with rustic breads, rich cheeses, and delicious deli meats like prosciutto, salami, and pepperoni. The divided sections keep oil and marinades where they belong. Serve with an easy homemade vinaigrette.

6. Tasty Taco Toppings

Keep all the taco night toppings organized and fresh with the  5-Section Tray insert. Simply arrange shredded cheese, tomatoes, lettuce, onions, and Easy Guacamole in each of the sections.

We also love these toppings:

  • Cilantro
  • Peppers
  • Black beans
  • Pico de Gallo
  • Sour cream
  • Corn
  • Black olives

Cool & Serve Collection

7. Large Salads Stay Fresh

Whether you’re serving a big salad for a party or an outdoor dinner, you’ll want it to stay garden-fresh. The Open Tray insert transforms the Large Square Cool & Serve into a serving platter, perfect for salads like the bright, summery Ribboned Melon & Chicken Salad. You can also use without the cooling inserts if not needed.

8. Make-Ahead Salad Bar

You’re more likely to eat a healthy salad if you have everything you need in one place. Just fill each section with your favorite salad ingredients—diced cucumbers, tomatoes, carrot rounds, pepper slices, zucchini noodles, broccoli florets—whatever you like. Then you’ll be able to easily throw together a healthy salad in no time!

9. Kid-Friendly Healthy Snacks

Kids need after-school snacks to keep them focused and fueled for homework and activities. Fill the Large Square Cool & Serve with healthy snacks that they can grab quickly— strawberry halves, blueberries, clementine segments, starfruit, baby carrots, whole-wheat pitas, hummus, cheese sticks, granola, and yogurt are favorites. On the go? The cooling inserts will keep snacks cool in the car.


Photo by @laurenrodycheberle


10. Ice Cream Topping Bar

What’s better than ice cream? Ice cream with toppings! Fill sections with crushed candy bars, cookie crumbles, chopped graham crackers, caramel and fudge sauce, sprinkles, marshmallows, nuts, fruit, whipped cream, crushed cereal, and more. A real hit with the kids, and the grown-ups love it, too!

11. Tailgate Snacks

Fill up with an assortment of pretzels, chips, and dips. Your savory dips will stay fresh and cool during the big game.

Large Square Cool & Serve

12. Desserts

Take out all the inserts and you have a handy carrier for cupcakes, cookies, brownies, and other baked goods. The clear lid and base of the tray snap together, so it keeps the goodies protected during transport.

13. Grocery Store Runs

Keep the cooling inserts in your freezer so they’re ready to go for grocery runs. They’ll keep refrigerated and frozen foods chilled—great if you have errands before heading home. Just pop back in the freezer when you get home.

32 Responses to Top 13 Uses for the Large Square Cool & Serve

  1. amy May 17, 2017 at 7:24 pm #

    Nice one. Thanks

  2. Karabas May 18, 2017 at 1:30 pm #


  3. Vickie May 24, 2017 at 9:08 am #

    Got to have one! Always needing this!

  4. Jackie May 24, 2017 at 10:31 am #

    Thanks for sharing these great ideas & pics. PC should post this somewhere for everyone to see!

    • Sue June 27, 2017 at 8:23 am #

      I agree Jackie, If you’re not on my “cooking with sue moulton pampered chef” Facebook page please join and I’ll be posting all kinds of helpful tips

  5. Sena Blickenstaff June 8, 2017 at 6:06 pm #

    How can I order?

    • Carol Pohlman June 9, 2017 at 12:28 pm #

      Ordering can be done on a party or through an individual Consultant. If you don’t have a Consultant, you can find one through Pampered Chef’s main website.

  6. Kris Burns June 14, 2017 at 12:34 pm #

    I have this and I love it. It has so many uses. Thanks for the new ideas

  7. Vicki Paddock June 14, 2017 at 12:44 pm #

    I still have my old version of this item, but I like the looks of this one better!

  8. Susan June 14, 2017 at 1:15 pm #

    Have this. Got the large. Nice piece. Great deviled egg tray

  9. Peggy Tan June 14, 2017 at 1:42 pm #

    I discovered that I had one of these when cleaning out my closets, and I had never used it. I got it out and used it right away to bring something to a party. Now I have lots of good ideas, and I will use it more often. Can I order the carrying case I see in the photos?

  10. Kathy Moresi June 14, 2017 at 2:59 pm #

    How much is this?

  11. Sandy Zies June 14, 2017 at 3:50 pm #

    Thank you so much for all the suggestions. Especially loved the salad toppers to keep in fridge & use nightly for a quick & healthy salad.

  12. Norma Dilling June 15, 2017 at 7:11 am #

    Can’t wait ti receive mine. Looking forward to using it

  13. Paula Schmietendorf June 15, 2017 at 10:55 pm #

    Place one chocolate covered strawberry in each well – keeps them perfectly chilled!

  14. Shirley L Sticht June 18, 2017 at 9:42 pm #

    I have one, and I use it when we buy a decorated cake. This way I can cut it up, and not thaw our all of it.

  15. Amy O. June 21, 2017 at 10:14 am #

    What’s the secret to NOT having your deviled eggs freeze to the bottom of the egg wells? Has happened each time I’ve prepared the eggs and then put them immediately in the container before taking to an event. They have sat in the fridge like that for a couple of hours. Don’t like crunchy frozen bottoms to my eggs. 🙁

    • Laura January 25, 2018 at 5:51 pm #

      Amy I don’t know if anyone answered this. I don’t like deviled eggs at all, but have you tried putting any oil in the bottom of the wells? Like a spray or light application?

    • Marianne April 24, 2019 at 7:31 am #

      Sorry that your eggs froze. I’ve had mine for many years, and made countless deviled eggs and have never ever had them freeze or be crunchy.

  16. Debbie Jones July 12, 2017 at 11:15 am #

    I have had this item for years and love it and friends who see it want it too. So it’s been a great wedding or birthday gift to several friends.

    FYI, it would be nice if we could print these tips off without the pictures. Some times I would like to give it with the gift so they know just how versatile this product is! Please let me know if you can provide a better printable version like other websites do for recipes, etc.

  17. Debbie Jones July 12, 2017 at 11:16 am #

    Love this product and have given to friends as gifts many times. Can you please allow us to print from a printable version of these tips and without pictures if possible?

  18. Linda May 13, 2019 at 6:10 am #

    Does the egg plate have water in it. Mine seems to have liquid in it.

  19. Lanie June 17, 2019 at 10:39 pm #

    Another idea: toppings for a baked potato bar

    Or toppings for a MYO pizza party

  20. Karen Wright July 17, 2019 at 5:09 pm #

    Years ago I purchased this metal round lid that you would put in your pasta water and it would not boil over. Is this item still available?

    • KIm July 31, 2019 at 11:47 am #

      No it isn’t . But they have a newer version called boil over no more in 2 sizes . They are constructed of a silicone material. Look it up on pamperedchef.com Have a great day!

  21. Claire Chapman June 30, 2020 at 11:05 pm #

    I’m not sure exactly what comes with it. For instance is there a 5-section tray included or do you have to buy it separately?

  22. Jamie Foushee August 26, 2021 at 3:21 pm #

    Probably use for eggs, fatuity or vegetables

  23. Carol March 2, 2022 at 2:20 pm #

    It really works well for so much!

  24. Dianne Reed June 10, 2022 at 5:49 am #

    I love mine!! We spend a lot of the summer boating. I fill it with fruit and veggie snacks. It keeps everything fresh and cool while we soak up the sun!

  25. Liz menduke July 21, 2022 at 12:54 pm #

    Can you use the replacement insert with your own dish?

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