Foodservice operations that specialize in offering their customers a wide variety of foods to choose from via buffet or banquet stations should consider utilizing heated shelves throughout their establishment. They keep selected food options at proper serving temperature longer, allowing food to be held longer before being discarded. The most important considerations in selecting a heated shelf are the dimensions of the unit and its wattage – the more food you intend to serve at the station, the greater amount of space and wattage that will be needed. Built-in heated shelves allow more flexibility not only in the fare that is served, but also in how it is served. Pizza pans work best on a flush-mounted heated shelf as their circular shape tends to require more open space for proper presentation. Meanwhile, recessed heated shelves are perfect when using steam table pans, as the edge prevents pans from moving and potentially falling off the surface.
Regardless of which style you select, it is also important to consider what other equipment your establishment desires to accompany the heated shelves. Sneeze guards, overhead heating elements and display lighting are all options that can help maintain food quality while enhancing its presentation. Heated shelves are an essential for warming foods and plates. Use these versatile warmers at your buffet or in your restaurant to ensure that hot foods taste fresh and are served at a safe temperature. Use this type of warmer for hot appetizers, pizzas and more. Heated shelves can be used to hold food in the kitchen or use them on your service line for self-serve food items.