Chafing dishes are multi-piece systems that keep food warmer for longer than a regular pan can. Chafing dishes are available in various sizes, styles, and designs and may be used in a wide range of catering and catering-like contexts.
Definition of Chafing Dish
The French verb for "to warm" is "chauffer," hence the English term "chafing dish" is a literal translation of that word. All types of copper chafing dish are huge shallow pans that employ low, indirect heat to preserve their contents at a comfortable serving temperature. Steam is produced by heating water in a pan, which is done with either fuel, electricity, or induction heating. The food in the pan above is heated by the steam rising from the pot below.
When Should You Use a Chafer?
Food previously prepared can be kept warm in a chafing dish. Customers will often serve themselves from a buffet line of pre-set items. Chafing dishes are used widely in the catering industry, as well as in hotels and function venues. Remember that chafing dishes are not designed for cooking and should only be used to keep meals warm.
Variety of Chafing Dishes
Choosing the ideal chafing dish for your company might take time and effort from the wide variety of options available. We described the many chafing dish kinds and their functions to make things easy.
A Chafing Dish, Rectangular
The most ubiquitous shape for chafing dishes, rectangular chafing dishes, is an indispensable part of every caterer's inventory. Since they are entire chafing dishes, they are ideal for presenting main courses in a buffet setting.
- Main courses and vast numbers of side dishes are best served on them.
- Various frames can hold full, half, and third-size baking trays.
- Choose from sizes ranging from 3 to 15 quarts.
Chafing Dish, Oval
Chafing dishes come in various shapes and sizes, but round one stands out from the norm. These are perfect for storing appetizers, salads, sauces, and desserts. The rounded form facilitates stirring, allowing for smooth circular motions rather than the time-consuming alternative of scraping leftovers from the sides and corners of a pan.
- Ideal for egg dishes, casseroles, chili, and dips scooped up.
- The frames' curved legs provide superior stability.
- Sizes range from 10 ounces to 14 quarts.
A Square Chafing Dish
Your buffet line would benefit from adding square chafing pans, often used for serving appetizers and sides. They're small and lightweight, so you can carry them with you and set them up wherever you need them.
- Perfect for displaying and serving salads, cereals, dips, and sweets
- To be used with an induction warmer, the bottom of several of them is induction-friendly.
- Containers range in size from 3.5 to 8 quarts.
Round Serving Tray with Oval Lid
An oval chafing dish's form, resembling an egg, makes it a sophisticated addition to any buffet. You may add some flair to your presentation with an oval chafing dish, some of which are just as large as standard rectangular chafers.
- Excellent for presenting main courses, condiments, and sweets
- feature a reflective finish, a sign of high quality.
- Capacity options range from 4 to 6 quarts.