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pot luck hot dish carriers??

toodie jane Dec 31, 2013 09:42 AM

I go to a monthly activity which starts with a 5 o'clock pot luck. I like to take hearty hot dishes, and while crock pots are good for soups and stews, not so great for structured casseroles, etc.

What can I use that will keep food warm for a couple of hours in 40-50 degree outside temps? I can make an insulated box myself etc., but want to know if there is something commercially made with power. (Do not want a chafing dish with sterno)

thanks, potluckers.

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    poser RE: toodie jane Dec 31, 2013 07:33 PM

    Wrap your dishes in tin foil, then bath towels and put it in an 'igloo' type cooler. BBQ people do this on a regular basis for ribs etc etc. meat stays hot for a good four hours.

    1. alarash RE: toodie jane Dec 31, 2013 09:07 PM

      You might consider investigating a Cambro carrier. I think it's what caterers use, and they keep food hot for quite a while (hours).

      The regular size carriers are fitted for large catering pans, but they might make smaller ones that may fit your needs better.

      1. toodie jane RE: toodie jane Jan 11, 2014 06:36 PM

        Getting it there hot is not a problem. It needs to stay serving temp while remaining on the serving line, accessible, not tucked away in a box. I need something other than a crockpot that will keep food very warm OUTDOORS for a couple of hours. Looking for something electric (no open flame)that I can plug in.

        1. KarenDW RE: toodie jane Jan 12, 2014 06:05 PM

          One of my clients uses the electric warmers with a (tempered) glass top. These were very popular in the 70s, so you may be able to find one in a second hand store.

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            Amp1 RE: toodie jane Jan 12, 2014 11:39 PM

            I don't have any personal experience, but this pops up on Amazon when you search for an electric chafing dish.

            Or perhaps you could use a warming tray like this one.

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