A quality food warmer is a key item in any commercial kitchen. You will need a good one if you are going to keep your catering business or restaurant running efficiently. Here are a few things to consider when purchasing a commercial food warmer.
The main reason that a commercial kitchen would need a food warmer that has the appropriate open coil heating elements is to serve dishes for a long period of time without the need to make every plate to order. Good heat and efficient space are important when looking at the capacity of the warmer. This involves measuring the items you will want to serve during a particular time. Each food warmer will have different slots and setups.
If your commercial kitchen expects to have a rush, perhaps during dinner time, you may want to consider food warmers that have extra dispensing options. A simple ladle may be all that is needed, but this can be awkward to handle. Some come with pumps or extra containers to portion out the food properly.
Consider the mobility of the food warmer. In some cases, it just needs to be set up in one area and left there. In other cases, you may want a warmer that is mobile. The size and set up of your kitchen will play a role in your decision-making.
You may be using the food warmer for longer periods of time, so the open coil heating elements will be in use often. You do not want to drain an unnecessary amount of electricity. Find a model that is energy efficient.
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