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A food warmer is an essential appliance for both homes and businesses that deal with food.
They come in many sizes and shapes designed for different situations.
One thing they have in common is that they keep food at comfortable temperatures for consumption.
Factors to Consider when Shopping for a Food Warmer
Types of Food Warmers
Some of the most common types of food warmers include display warmers, soup kettles, steam tables, hot boxes, and heat lamps.
Display warmers and hot boxes fully enclose foods while soup kettles, steam tables, and heat lamps often leave food exposed.
Fire-Warmed and Electric
Most of the modern food warmers on the market are electric. Steam tables, however, warm food through small containers or vessels of gelled denatured alcohol lit and placed in a strategic position underneath the food holders or chambers.
They can keep food comfortably hot for hours.
Customer or operator safety
The Underwriters Laboratories and National Science Foundation have established standards that govern operator and customer safety when it comes to commercial kitchen equipment, including food warmers.
When purchasing a food warmer for your home or business, you need to consider these safety standards.
The USDA has certain rules regarding food-safe temperatures.
Essentially, you should hold all cooked foods at a minimum temperature of 135 degrees Fahrenheit.
According to scientific studies, temperatures at this level or above it prevents the growth of bacteria that can cause foodborne diseases or illnesses.
Traditional food warmer tech relied on heating the air surrounding food.
If you choose to purchase a traditional enclosed food warmer, for example, opening the lid will lead to a loss of heat.
Fortunately, modern food warmers work by heating the elements that hold your food, such as the shelves, rather than the air surrounding it. This form of hearing or warming helps to prevent heat loss.
Why you need a Food Warmer
If you run a restaurant, for example, the food and service you provide are crucial to your success and/or existence.
The modern food and beverage industry is oversaturated with establishments.
Therefore, customers who fail to find satisfaction in one establishment will go somewhere else to have their needs met.
Therefore, it is important to do everything possible to meet your customers’ needs.
Keep food warm
Cold food, even when expertly prepared, is a huge disappointment.
If you own a restaurant, the last thing you want to do is serve warm food that cools shortly after serving it or cold food.
One of the biggest benefits of investing in food warmers is that they keep food comfortably hot and delicious.
Maintains good taste
It is a fact that food temperature can greatly affect its taste. According to experts, receptors on your tongue are heat sensitive.
Therefore, the temperature of the food you eat will influence how you enjoy it.
If you are serving meals that need to be hot, investing in a food warmer is a smart move.
The worst nightmare for a restaurant owner is a customer getting sick or even dying due to the food he/she ate at the restaurant.
In addition to losing tons of customers, such an occurrence can lead to huge fines, penalties, or the establishment closing down.
Food warmers are an effective way to ensure that no one gets sick or dies from the food you serve.
A large part of guaranteeing customer satisfaction is ensuring that the food you provide is acceptable.
You may be the best chef in the world – however, if you serve cold food to your customers, they will probably never return to your establishment again.
Therefore, you need to invest in the equipment needed to keep your food comfortably hot until served.