Food Warmers

If you have a big family with clashing schedules, sitting down everyone for a meal is likely not to be an easy feat. This can be somewhat of a problem especially in winter times since the food will get cold quickly an each person will have to re-heat their portion before eating. Since most food loses much of its flavor and nutritional qualities once it’s re-heated, this usually means that anyone who comes late for lunch or dinner will never be able to fully enjoy your cooking. Nowadays though, there is a technological innovation in the food industry that will help you keep your food warm through extended periods of time without using much energy.

Since you’ve already found this website, you might have heard about these innovative warming ovens, commonly referred to as food warmers. These modern appliances have been extensively used by catering professionals for a long time now, when it comes to transporting heated food to all kinds of evens. Food warmers are also very common in all kinds of food services, but only recently have they started being developed for domestic use. And this is actually very good news, since besides being practical, keeping the food at stable temperatures is much safer and healthier than cooling and re-heating it several times over.

Advantages of having a good food warmer
A good food warmer will be able to keep the food temperature stable, despite of the temperature in the surrounding environment. Regardless of whether it’s snowing outside or merely a bit chilly, a food warmer should be able to preserve your food in the exact ideal temperature. These devices are extremely practical and easy to use, and they will allow you to serve anyone of your family members or guests with food that will taste just as delicious as if it had just been freshly cooked. This can be extremely useful, depending on your schedule. For example, you can cook early in the morning before leaving for work, and the food will be good to eat through most of the day, and it will be readily available to each and every one of you family members.

Asides from being convenient, there are important qualities which make food warmers a viable alternative to traditional methods of warming food, such as using the microwave or the regular oven burners. The problem with using those old-fashioned methods is how they aren’t so good in terms of food safety. Not only will the food warmed in a microwave not taste as good, but it will likely be riddled with germs and bacteria that withstand the microwaves in the oven. If you heat the food in the burners, you may have better luck removing such bacteria, but your food also won’t taste as good as it used to, and most likely it will get stuck to the bottom of the pan or pot.

There are actually three main selling points in food warmers, the most obvious being they will preserve the exact flavors in your food as though it had just been freshly cooked. Second, these devices are extremely easy to use; regardless of how inept person is with the kitchen, they will have no trouble heating their food on a food warmer. Third, and most important: food warmers ensure no one will get sick from eating poorly preserved food. The vast majority of food-related illnesses are consequence of improper temperature maintenance, since not many people know how it’s important keeping food in a temperature between 140 and 165 degrees Fahrenheit.

Food warmer: important usage precautions

Even though using food warmers is extremely simple (you just have to put the food in the warmer and turn it on), there are some important precautions that you should follow, while keeping your food warm. For example, you should only heat food that has cooled below 40ºF – provided the food has already sat out in the open, of course. You should also heat the food directly from the appliance best suited for the specific kind of food; if you store your rice in a Tupperware box, just put it into the food warmer, for example. Next, you should make sure the food temperature has risen to at least 160º while warming it, because that is the safe temperature for dismissing all kinds of bacteria. In case you’re heating liquefied food, make sure it’s heated to boiling point, as to make sure it’s in ideal hygienic conditions.

Why food heated in warmer tastes better
At this point, you have probably understood why food warmers are more hygienic and safer than conventional food heating methods, since they keep the food temperature always on a stable range, regardless of the outside temperature. What you probably haven’t realized is just why food tastes better when it’s heated in a warmer oven. That’s actually simple; since food warmers don’t cut off the airflow while warming the food, it means there won’t be excessive steam around the food – and that’s exactly what makes the food taste odd when you warm it in a microwave of stove oven.  Also, food heaters will keep the food temperature quite homogeneous, meaning you will never come across cold spots or burned portions in your warm food.

There are many good reasons you may want to get a food warmer in your kitchen, and if you have a big family, you will probably want to get one of these innovative warmer ovens. Even if you have a small family, you may still favor a food warmer since it’s a much better alternative to traditional ways to heat food… not to mention it delivers much better results.

This Food Warmers Review is Written/Updated on Oct 11th, 2010 and filed under Kitchen Appliances. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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