Rice cooker hot hold temperature

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  1. John Delahaye

    John Delahaye

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    Hi there,

    I’ve bought two different commercial rice cookers recently under the illusion that they would cook and then hold my rice at a legal temperature for serving.
    It turns out that the keep warm feature only provides enough heat to keep the rice falling below 63°C for a few hours. I’m not sure why a commercial rice cooker wouldn’t provide a comparable heat source to a Bain Marie. Does anyone have any ideas? I don’t want to transfer 20 litres of rice to a Bain Marie as I simply dont have the space in my little catering van.
     
  2. foodpump

    foodpump

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    Best thing for holding rice are the Cambro hot boxes. You can keep rice, pasta, mashed pots hot for well over 3 hours in those sweat boxes with no damage whatsoever. I know this because I did just that for well over 10 years.

    A steam table will dry out and crust up the rice in Under an hour--regardless of how many layers of silicone paper, towels, or doubled up inserts you use.

    The commercial rice cookers--20 cups and up, keep the rice good and hot for a few hours, but you will get a scorched "rice cake" on the bottom of the pan, but other than that no damage.

    Hope this helps....
     
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  3. Pat Pat

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    And household rice cookers hold the rice @ 75°C. Way too hot...
     
  4. jasimo

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    you can hold the rice at 68c for 4 hours only, then you will need to chill it down after very quickly to be able to reuse it.then oly once, reheat to 72 c for 12 mins.