How Much Does It Cost to Rent A Chafing Dish and Other FAQs
Here is everything you never knew you wanted to know about chafing dishes…
First: What is a chafing dish and why is it called that?
Chafing dishes are food warmers. They come in a lot of different shapes and sizes. Chafing dish is derived from the French word “chauffer,” which means to make warm.
How Much Does it Cost to Rent Chafing Dishes?
How much food does a chafing dish hold?
If you are serving something that has large serving sizes, like lasagna, an 8qt chafer will hold approximately 24 servings. For food with smaller serving sizes, like rice, it will hold approximately 40 – 6 oz servings. For salad, it will serve 20-40 people.
How much water should you put in a chafing dish? Note: Never use it without water.
Fill the base until it is approximately 2 inches deep. Insert the food pan. When you lift it back up, it should be dry. If it isn’t, pour out a little of the water until the bottom of the food pan stays dry.
Do chafing dishes keep food hot?
If you use them with Sterno, they most certainly do. Sterno is the fuel source – it’s like a little candle, but it uses jellied alcohol and puts of a lot of heat. (You cannot use a candle: it will not heat up enough). Typically your rental will come with 2 cans of sterno, which depending on size of the chafing dish, will keep you food warm for a couple of hours. Note: chafing dishes are used to KEEP food warm, but will not bring cold foods up to serving temperature. Heat the food to the proper temperature and then add it to the pan.
How do I set up the Sterno properly?
Remove the lid and place the Sterno in the round opening between the feet of the chafing dish. Light the Sterno and then adjust the lid by opening or closing to raise or lower the heat output.
Can you use a chafing dish to keep food cold?
This reminds me of an old joke: the thermos bottle is the greatest invention because it keeps cold drinks cold and hot drinks – “How Do It Know?”
Fill the water pan with ice or cold water to keep foods cold, and don’t light the sterno. 😉
What other questions do you have about chafing dishes?
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