Countertop food warmers are designed to hold a hotel pan or an equivalent number of fractional sizes. The warmer bottom is designed to be filled with water to produce a moist heat that keeps prepared foods from drying out or burning. Though, employees should regularly stir the food to prevent dry spots. Capacity and size are the most important considerations when selecting a countertop food warmer. The overall size will simply determine how much of your available countertop space it will take up.
Though most units can hold a single full-size hotel pan that is up to six inches deep, some units are longer and can hold more. Standard size pans will hold about 22 quarts. Warmers that can hold more will probably be a little longer or have a different configuration. Pans are required for use with these warmers and are usually not included, so you will want to make sure you have some on hand or acquire them before using the warmer. These warmers cannot be used without a pan because they are designed to hold water, not food.
Full Size food warmers are a great addition to the warming and holding equipment of just about any commercial restaurant kitchen, they are even great for buffets and caterers. Choose a full size food warmer to warm meat, casseroles, hot sandwiches and more, just remember that fried foods can become soggy without proper drainage. Ensure that all the foods on your menu are served at the peak of flavor and a safe temperature with the use of a full size food warmer