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Any potential issues with overhead warmers that are worth noting?

Any potential issues with overhead warmers that are worth noting?



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There is, and these issues are worth keeping in mind if you're going to be using overhead warmers to heat up food.

Overhead warmers are generally best for heating up food for a short period of time.  As a result, in a kitchen (where food sits for a very short time before being served) or a busy buffet line, overhead warmers are perfect.  The main problem with overhead warmers is that the longer food sits under the warmer, the more the food gets dried out, even crusty.  Dried out, crusty food can hurt the reputation of your restaurant/catering/event business, so misusing overhead warmers is a big no-no.  If you expect to have food sitting out for a longer period of time, consider the use of chafing dishes or other food warming equipment instead.

Another issue with overhead warmers is that they're not particularly effective at heating denser, thicker foods.  The heat from the overhead warmer may not be able to properly penetrate the food, leaving the center unappetizingly lukewarm.

Good luck!

Nov 23, 2015

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