Ways to Keep Food Hot in a Restaurant

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There are a variety of ways to keep food at a safe, warm temperature in your restaurant. Because many foods can spoil easily, it's important that you learn about the thermometer on your heating device before attempting to use it. As not everything can be prepared to order, it's important to master the technique of warming devices so that you can serve quality and quantity.

Warming Drawer

  • Warming drawers are handy for the kitchen in your restaurant because they can fit in a variety of places. These drawers open as a dresser drawer would. Slide them under tables or stack them on top of each other to conserve space. Some drawers come already stacked for your convenience. Each warmer comes with its own thermostat so that the temperatures between drawers can vary according to the contents.

Heated Cabinets

  • Heated cabinets can take up a lot of room in a kitchen. However, they are very handy as most come with various styles of racks so they are suitable for many types of food. The racks easily slide into designated spaces or grooves within the cabinets. Usually these are very effective as the walls are insulated for optimum warming potential. There are also speciality pizza cabinets that accommodate pizzas on display. As the pizza units are much smaller, they can be placed on counters or tables within customers' line of sight.

Humidity Cabinets

  • Humidity cabinets offer the heat of a heated cabinet with an added element of humidity for more delicate or easily dehydrated food items. The humidity levels can be adjusted depending on the product that is being warmed. Some humidity cabinets come with a timer that turns the humidity aspect on and off while you are busy running the rest of the kitchen.

Travel Warmers

  • Pan warmers fit in warming tables or in heated cabinets. Though these warmers offer no heat control, the steel holds in the heat that is projected from the other devices. These are easily mobile, which is great for catering events. There are also temperature-controlled traveling warmers that are ideal if you are forced to drive a long distance to drop the food off. Temperature-controlled travel warmers fit perfectly in a small kitchen that has limited space as they are easily moved from spot to spot.

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