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Keeping Meatballs Warm

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I'm taking meatballs to work for a potluck, but am not sure how to keep them warm. Should I use a crock pot? I'll have a microwave available and a toaster oven but that's it. They also don't have a sauce (like swedish) just a vinegarette over the top when served. I haven't done many potlucks so not sure what to do.

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  1. I typically use a crock pot, set on low. But you don't say how long you need to keep them warm. If you're going to keep them warm for more than an hour or two you'd probably be better off refrigerating them until an hour or so before serving, then warming them in the crock pot. If my meatballs don't have a sauce in which to hold their moisture or warmth I often put water in the bottom of the crock pot and lay the meatballs in a pan on a rack above the water line. That requires some advance planning and a rack that will fit in the crock pot ...

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    1. re: todao

      Depending on the wattage of the crock pot, an hour won't be enough time to heat the meatballs through before serving. I'd err on the side of caution and start heating at least two hours before on low....check on it after an hour and turn up the heat to high, if needed.

    2. I've used a rice cooker set on "keep warm", so a crock pot should work. I place the meat balls in a dish, the dish on a small rack, then put a small amount of water in the bottom of the cooker to keep them moist. This works for up to two hours.

      Edit: Guess the post delay is back, didn't see todao's reply.

      1. Either crockpot or micro would be fine - assuming there may be a number of people needing to use the microwave for their contributions, the crockpot gets the nod.

        1. I don't know how many you have but I just got a mini crock pot for $7, pretty inexpensive and if it works for you it might be a good investment ... you can do all sorts of things in it/keep foods warm. And it's cute!