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  • Keeping food warm

    What temperature should an oven be for it to only keep food warm (vegetables, casseroles, etc.), but not keep cooking, or burn or dry everything out?

    I am trying to cook things in advance and then leave them in the oven to stay warm for a party.

    Thanks,
    James
    Last edited by james; 03-17-2007, 08:53 AM.
    Pizza Ovens
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  • #2
    Re: Keeping food warm

    Just looking at the specs of some warming drawers, they go from 80-225...
    I also found this:
    If food is held in the danger zone (4C to 60C / 40 to 140F) for two hours or longer throw it out...

    So it sounds like above 140...I would say 160.

    Drake
    My Oven Thread:
    http://www.fornobravo.com/forum/f8/d...-oven-633.html

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    • #3
      Re: Keeping food warm

      Thanks for that -- I will let you know how it goes. Warm, not burned.
      James
      Pizza Ovens
      Outdoor Fireplaces

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      • #4
        Re: Keeping food warm

        Probably no convection. Right?
        James
        Pizza Ovens
        Outdoor Fireplaces

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        • #5
          Re: Keeping food warm

          James,

          I agree with Drake: 160 is about right. I'd keep things loosely covered with foil, though, to prevent drying. If it's a casserole or some such, I'd cover it with the lid slightly ajar.

          Jim
          "Made are tools, and born are hands"--William Blake, 1757-1827

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          • #6
            Re: Keeping food warm

            Drew and Jim,
            This worked great. Thanks. Talk about real-time advice. We had a pretty large party, and our kitchen and oven are small, so it took some juggleing just to get everything cooked and to keep it warm.

            160ºF, with foil on open pans was just right. That's a keeper -- and should help with wood-fired cooking, if you want to cycle dishes through your oven and keep them warm before serving.
            James
            Pizza Ovens
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            • #7
              Re: Keeping food warm

              James, we use the warming oven at about that same temp. too.

              One other trick we've used is to take the hot dish out of the oven, cover with foil and then towels or blankets until ready to serve....particularly good with meats you can take out a little early as they will still improve with sitting.
              sigpicTiempo para guzarlos..... ...enjoy every sandwich!

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              • #8
                Re: Keeping food warm

                Heres a great website with grill stones, hot plates, and heat lamps for keeping your food warm.
                Keep Food Warm eStore

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