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Buying Chafer Dishes

Chafer dishes are commonly used in parties and buffets because of its unique ability to keep foods warm and presentable at the same time. Through the years, different innovations have improved the chafing dish, but essentially, a chafer dish works like this: a basin filled with water is heated by either a portable flame or any electrically heated component. The goal is to keep the water warm so that it will keep the food warm.

When choosing a chafer dish, try to analyze if a chafer dish belongs to the economy, mid-end, high-end and ultra-high-end types. Economy type chafer dishes are usually lighter than the other types because it is made of cheaper materials and usually cost around $200. Mid-Ends Chafer Dish offers a nice lift off as its cover and is slightly heavier than the economy type. It costs around $500. The High-end type costs around $800 to $1,500 because of its design and brass components. It is most suitable to use if you’re running a food service company. And lastly, the ultra-high-end top is usually designed with silver plate and high-detailed designs. Ultra-high-end chafer dish will cost you around $1,800 and up. If you think you’ll be using chafer dishes frequently, you might want to buy the higher-end types for its durability and aesthetics.

Before buying and choosing a chafer dish, think of what you want for the lid for you have two options: the roll top lid or the lift top lid. The roll top lid gives you more access to food since the cover totally disappears from view. On the other hand, lift tops are just separate covers for covering the chafer dish.

There are different shapes to choose from when buying a chafer dish: ovals, rectangular and circular. Another thing to consider when buying a chafer dish is the design. It is best to see first if the chafer dish will look good with your other kitchen wares.

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