Sterno gel for table service.

Discussion in 'Professional Chefs' started by holladays, May 5, 2013.

  1. holladays

    holladays

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    So, we're doing a make-your-own-s'mores plate at my restaurant, and the original idea was to use gel sterno in some kind of container and light it tableside- so the nicest-looking and most useful container I have had on hand are some miniature cast-iron pots. 

    (they look similar to this: http://www.casa.com/p/lodge-pre-seasoned-half-pint-serving-kettle-272281 )

    Well, test-run today, and I stupidly didn't think about this, but the pots get insanely hot, and I don't want a lawsuit on my hands. I'm thinking about switching to a wickered sterno, but it also has to look 'pretty'. 

    Any suggestions? My main concerns are people burning the shit out of themselves; kids especially, people knocking the damn thing over, and also ease of service (servers will light this at the table). I know other restaurants have done similar to this. I'm making the mallows, grahams, chocolate spread in house, and the price is pretty high on this plate.

    Thanks =)
     
  2. brandon odell

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    Sorry I don't have a constructive answer, but marshmallow roasted over Sterno sounds pretty gross to me. You might even want to check to make sure Sterno is a food safe fuel, or are you roasting the marshmallow some other way?
     
  3. just jim

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  4. holladays

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    That's EXACTLY what I'm looking for. Thank you!

    And the sterno gel was not my idea. It's what I had to run with. I too am concerned about the food safety issue, however on Sterno's website, they show several food uses- including the mini hibachi grill linked above.

    http://www.sterno.com/pro/pages/gel.html

    Obviously, the food wouldn't come into direct contact with the sterno gel. From what I understand the sterno gel is mainly composed of alcohol. I wouldn't see people sticking food directly into the gel ;)
     
  5. just jim

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    I want to add that I gave the link for the image.

    I didn't shop pricing.

    It's possible you could find them cheaper.

    Same with the 5 compartment bowl.
     
  6. holladays

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    Already looking at pricing, about 10/ea through webstaurant, but will see what the owners say. Not that big of an expense in light of things. I don't need the accompanying bowl, plate setup is already done- just the fire thing :)