Suggestions On How to keep food warm for a buffet at home?

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Hi all new here I'm doing a buffet at the weekend for my mums 50th she's asked me to do the food also she wants some hot food (curry and rice) I have bought 2 chafing dishes and the burning gel question is the party venue is an hour away from where I live how do I keep the curry and rice warm while travelling??
 
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Thats a good way with things on hand.
You use those materials just to preheat the
cold ice chest walls. Should feel like a nice
warm cozy place when you stick you hand in there.
Then when you pack it up to go, make sure
all the food is hot. I mean hot, not warm, or
just perfect temp to eat. Like, right off the
stove or oven, hot. By the time you transfer to sterno
chaffers, should be perfect.
 
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You use those materials just to preheat the
cold ice chest walls.
Actually I prefer to leave them in the ice chest as not only can they make a nice bed to help stabilize the food containers as you nestle them into the gravel or whatever, but more importantly, the more mass you have, the more efficient your thermal holding capabilities
 
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Interesting, especially with sand, Ive never done it that way,
always took the preheat materials out and relied on the
thermal action of hot food in an enclosed environment.
I may try it that way sometime to see how it works.
 
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Best option is a cambro insulated food carrier like this:


 It's not normal for home cook to have this unless you do bbq competitions or catering on the side.   So next best option is to find a chest cooler that will fit your pans.  It will work almost as well, just doesn't have the convenient shelving.  That's what I did until this year.  We call it a faux cambro
 
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Interesting, especially with sand, Ive never done it that way,
always took the preheat materials out and relied on the
thermal action of hot food in an enclosed environment.
I may try it that way sometime to see how it works.
Same basic principal that a full freezer is more energy efficient than a half full one.
 

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I actually think the cambro is fine for home use. You are correct they are more for the pros but I know home cooks with big families that have them. Great option actually.
 
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I actually think the cambro is fine for home use. You are correct they are more for the pros but I know home cooks with big families that have them. Great option actually.
Yep! I use it a lot for BBQs in the summer.  My extended family within an hours drive is about 30 people.  I plan to use it at least 4 times between thanksgiving and new years.  

Also it works cold too.  I had ice in here not melt for 72 hours on a fishing trip weekend. 

 

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Yep, a friend of mine does bbq competitions and has a large family and has a couple of them. Great tools.
 

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Igloo cooler will work fine.   Put your stuff in a foil pan, cover tightly with plastic wrap from the bottom and up around the top.
 
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Well sure, Cambros are the best, but as was indicated, only frequent use justifies their expense--couple hundred bucks a pop. You can get a full sized igloo cooler that fits hotel pans for 70 bucks,
plus being an ice chest, has a zillion other uses. Of course the other option is to just rent a couple Cambros (thermal boxes) for the weekend, and you dont have to store them.
 
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I used a Styrofoam cooler I received with a shipment of frozen food.  I heated fire bricks and placed them in the bottom of the cooler.  I then wrapped my half pans in clean towels. Put the cooler in the back of my van.  When I opened the cooler my food was still hot.  There was however a sticky melted bottom of the cooler in the van.  We learn by our mistakes.
 
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Catering a wedding all i have to do is cook the food for 155-200 ppl and deliver it im traveling from cali to Virginia how much do i charge for this catering job
 
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Catering a wedding all i have to do is cook the food for 155-200 ppl and deliver it im traveling from cali to Virginia how much do i charge for this catering job
Is it just me or does it sound insane to do a cross country wedding catering job? 
 
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Catering a wedding all i have to do is cook the food for 155-200 ppl and deliver it im traveling from cali to Virginia how much do i charge for this catering job
Is it just me or does it sound insane to do a cross country wedding catering job? 
Kinda sorta.

Not only would the prepared food lose quality but there is the huge issue of food safety.

@monni43  why not just travel to the event and do all the cooking there?

Sure would be cheaper (for the client as well as yourself) IMO.

mimi
 
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Hi. You need not have used the bricks!  LOL!  We learn.  Next time, just plan to put the hot food in the styro right away for maximum keeping effectiveness.  Some people preheat the styro with a container of boiling water placed inside prior to use.  Best.
 
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