Displaying food attractively


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Display food attractively with a hot food bar For best results the food should be hot when placed into the display

"The only thing I like better than talking about food is eating!"

John Walters

British Musician

A bain-marie, also known as a water bath or double boiler, and is a piece of equipment used sometimes in cooking but more often in the displaying of hot food for sale. They are available as benchtop models or freestanding, and can be located in the kitchen or front of house. Typically, you might expect to see a bain marie in a buffet line or in many assorted takeaway shops.

A bain marie is an ideal piece of equipment for use in commercial environment as they have the ability to keep large batches of food warm and appetising. They are designed to provide a reliable and consistent heat which maintains the temperature of hot food to keep it at a precise temperature. For best results the food should be placed in to the bain marie direct from the oven or stove top or other cooking source.

Bain Maries are available in either wet heat or dry heat versions. As they usually hold food in gastronorms, you can configure the food according to the meal service, whilst quickly swapping out pans which are running low.

If you are cooking for a function, you'll find a bain marie is ideal for back of house use as it allows you to keep food warm for extended periods ready for service.

A bain-marie is also used to melt ingredients for cooking, such as chocolate.

Your questions answered

What is the 4 hour/2 hour rule with food?

The 4 hour/2 hour rule is designed for ready to eat high risk foods that have been held at temperatures between 5°C and 60°C.

If the food has been held at temperatures between 5°C and 60°C for a total of:

  • • less than 2 hours - the food must be refrigerated immediately.
  • • longer than 2 hours, but less than 4 hours - the food must be used immediately.
  • • a total of 4 hours or longer - the food must be thrown out.

Cossiga Hot Food Displays

Self serve Cossiga units are the ideal solution for grab-and-go environments.

Cossiga specialise in making food look great by offering high-end, hassle-free food presentation equipment.

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Cossiga Hot Food Displays Food-to-go made easy.

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FPG Hot Food Displays

Created for the busy food service business wanting to display a large quantity or wide variety of food.

The lighting and merchandising features are designed to create impact and increase sales.

The cabinets come ready to plug in making installation quick and easy

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Roband Hot Food Displays

Roband hot foodbars boast the latest in styling and design, at the same time offering all the features and reliability customers have come to expect of Roband foodbars. They can be built-in, bench mounted or supplied with trolley to suit.

This range of hot bain maries is designed to hold food at serving temperature.

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Roband Hot Food Displays Roband hot foodbars boast the latest in styling and design

Woodson Hot Food Bars Stoddart has you covered

Woodson Hot Food Bars

The Stoddart range of food holding and display equipment provide an ideal solution for heated, refrigerated and ambient displays requirements.

Whether the application calls for a mobile or stationary solution, Stoddart has you covered.

From countertop food warmers and underbench hot cupboards to buffet units, servery displays and cake displays Stoddart has it all.

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