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Keep the food as warm and inviting as the decor and service staff with a commercial bain marie. A bain marie is a kitchen hot water bath and food warmer used by restaurants, take-away stores, catering services, hotels, event venues and even home chefs who love hosting big dinner banquets. Your hot dishes have never stayed fresher, and your customers or guests have never been more satisfied. With so many different restaurant food displays and warmers available on eBay, how do you choose the best bain marie for your counter?

Sizes to suit your home or business

Stainless steel bain maries come in various sizes ranging from 3-6 litre single trays up to 8 x 7L pans for a total capacity of 56L. You can also buy 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6-pan models for holding and serving multiple dishes at the perfect temperature. Check the overall size of the item will fit in its designated space, but also note the dimensions of the individual trays or pans and consider whether they can hold the quantities of buffet-style food you will be serving. One of the benefits of a bain marie is that the heated pans can continue to warm both wet dishes like pasta and soup or dry dishes such as chicken and fries. Imagine all of your meals staying tastier for longer.

Food warmers with extra features

Various types of restaurant food warmers can maintain heat and display your special menu items next to or sitting on the countertop, but when it comes to bain maries there are dozens of extra features and benefits to weigh up. Does it include lids for all the pans? Are there handles for a smooth carry? Does it offer adjustable automatic temperature control and range to meet your needs (e.g. 30-85℃)? Do you require a heavy duty tempered glass cover for display purposes? Is it hygiene, health and safety certified for peace of mind? Of course when it's time to clean up, you'll be thankful for those dishwasher safe pans and lids.

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