FAQ: Everything You Need to Know About Using Chafing Dishes

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It’s that time of year again! School’s out, the whole country seems to be on vacation (it isn’t really, but it feels that way), and your business is busier than ever. Whether you’re a hotel serving up warm buffet dishes to masses of hungry vacationers, a banquet hall throwing wedding after wedding, or any other catering business, you likely use buffet chafing dishes to keep your food warm, fresh, and tasty. Or, at least we hope you do. To help you make the most of your use of chafers and throw the summer’s most successful events, we’ve compiled a list of the answers to the most frequently asked chafing dish questions. You’re welcome.

How do chafing dishes work?

Chafing dishes are serving pieces used to keep your food at an enjoyable and servable temperature, regardless of how long the buffet line is, or how late the pre-meal ceremony runs. Most chafing dishes are metal pans inserted into metal stands with lids. Water is placed between the pan and the stand and a source of heat is activated from below, to keep your food warm, without risking drying it out.

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How do you heat a chafing dish?

Chafing dishes come in a variety of shapes and sizes, from rectangular to oval and can have hinged, lid, and roll off covers. They also vary in the way they can be heated. They are most commonly heated by Sterno or gel fuel and a wick placed inside of a metal dish below the chafer. The metal dish serves as a perfect conductor of heat for the low flame below. Alternatively, electric chafers can be plugged into a wall socket, enabling the dish and its contents to enjoy even, continuous electric heating. A most innovative chafing dish heating method is the drop-in induction warmer, which eliminates the need to add water under the chafing dish, enabling a more even distribution of heat over a longer period of time.

How do you clean a chafing dish?

Sometimes, the food you heat in a chafing dish can become caked on, making cleaning a challenge. To clean your chafing dish and remove any tough grease, grime, or build-up, soak the chafer in lukewarm water and mild detergent. Use a gentle cloth to loosen caked on food and remove any remaining residue. Never use a harsh abrasive cleaning product or scourer – they can scratch your chafer and remove its shiny finish.

How can you decorate your chafing dish?

When planning your events, your buffet line’s decor is a top priority – as is your guests’ safety. To maximize both, decorate AROUND your chafing dish with stationary items, such as floral and edible arrangements, whole fruits and vegetables, single flowers, or candles floating in water-filled vases or bowls, or even picture frames containing information on the food being heated in each dish (so everyone knows what’s inside, without having to open the lid each time).

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