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)
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.
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.
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.
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.