"How to Keep Food Warm in Oven" is a question I tackle many times.
It mostly comes after people cook huge meals for a holiday and so on.
It seems that my email will not rest until I get something well researched in black and white to act as a reference whenever there is a need for answers over this topic.
This article will discuss why it is important to keep food warm and how many times can you reheat food by answering some common concerns.
What Will Happen if You Feed on Cold Food?
Cold food creates a conducive environment for the growth of various Bacteria and Fungus.
These transform into spores which are resistant to harsh environments, which is to say, they can withstand destruction over reheating.
Besides, they can endure stomach digestive acids. When spores get into your body, they create poisonous toxins.
If you eat food with bacterial toxins, you can get severe diarrhea, develop fevers, get dehydrated, and vomit.
You do not wish to encounter such bad things; Do you?
Here is How to be Safe
There are many simple ways to keep your food warm.
For instance, serve food on mild plates to maintain the temperatures.
You can also choose to use insulated containers to keep food warm or transform a cooler into a portable hot tub.
Whichever way you want to do it, ensuring that, 'you eat a hot meal is an important thing to achieve.'
Solution To Keeping Food Warm in Oven
The oven is a piece of smart equipment that you cannot miss in your kitchen.
Ovens come with different manuals of operation concerning food warming.
If your furnace is like mine without a warm tub, you will have to preheat it to the lowest temperatures (the most moderate temperatures on mine is 170 degrees F).
After it is heated, turn it off then put recipes in an oven-safe pan to warm until everybody is home to eat.
To be sure, that you are doing well keeping your food warm, check the temperatures with a Dial Oven-Safe (Bimetal) food thermometer after 20 minutes to confirm if it reads above 140 degrees F.
If that is not the case, turn up the temperatures slightly.
There are other ovens with the "warm" button. With these, transfer your recipe in the keep-heated compartment and tune the furnace to "warm".
If the food in question is prone to get soggy, make sure you place it in a single layer.
Check the temperature with your choice of kitchen thermometer to make sure that the reading is at least 140 degrees F for foods that will stay longer in the oven.
If the temperature is lower than the above mentioned, tune up the oven temperatures a little.
Disclaimer When Warming Food Using the Oven
It is not safe to let food stay in the oven for periods longer than two hours, because there is a tendency for food texture to become spongy.
Besides, the desired flavor might change because the food may continue to cook to a further step due to residual heat in the oven; this brings us to the following question:
How Many Times Can You Reheat Food?
While people have made it a habit to reheat food anyhow, the fact remains that its quality decreases with each heating.
Therefore, it is best to heat what you can finish eating at that time. As long as the food is heat each time at least 165 degrees F, it is technically safe for consumption.
The many times you heat, however, the more you destroy its nutrients and the lower its quality gets: some of its aspects dry out, and the more significant the change in its texture.
Eliminate many undesired health problems by properly keeping your food warm. Warm food discourages bacteria from growing in it.
Additionally, it maintains its entire desired flavors Although tackling food leftovers can be challenging, the best is to ensure you only cook food enough for one sitting.
Which will help avoid instances whereby you have to reheat food, hence destroying the flavors and nutrients.
Now that you know how to keep food warm and nutritious in the oven, you are set to live healthy and happy.