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Old 03-20-2015, 06:32 AM   #1
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Best isothermal food bag?

I work all day, I don't have a microwave oven and I can't always use my slow cooker.

I'm tired of eating dinner cold, so I believe the best solution is an isothermal food bag. Maybe something like this:



This is also very portable, which is great.

Any tips on this? I know there are may different systems and brands, which one should I choose?

How long does it keep the food warm?

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Old 03-21-2015, 01:11 PM   #2
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Hello Flavio, and welcome to Discuss Cooking. Since nobody has responded yet, I'm thinking I'm not alone in trying to understand what you want to do.
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Old 03-21-2015, 08:30 PM   #3
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He's trying to keep his food warm.

Have you used a bag similar to the one he posted? Do you have any recommendations for one?
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Old 03-21-2015, 09:00 PM   #4
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He's trying to keep his food warm.

Have you used a bag similar to the one he posted? Do you have any recommendations for one?
Hmmm, after he has cooked the food, just how long does he expect to keep the food he's cooked at a safe temperature without expecting the food to be unsafe to eat? That's the question...

Personally, I've used a bag like that to transport a casserole to a destination, where it will be eaten very soon. It sounds to me like he wants to leave the food in there a LOT longer than that. But we'll never know if he never responds. sigh.
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Old 03-21-2015, 09:48 PM   #5
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Maybe look into a food warmer bag that either is powered by a car cigarette plug or a 110V corded one.
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Old 03-22-2015, 03:10 AM   #6
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Hmmm, after he has cooked the food, just how long does he expect to keep the food he's cooked at a safe temperature without expecting the food to be unsafe to eat? That's the question...

Personally, I've used a bag like that to transport a casserole to a destination, where it will be eaten very soon. It sounds to me like he wants to leave the food in there a LOT longer than that. But we'll never know if he never responds. sigh.
Lol Sorry for the late reply.

Yes, that's it. I'm looking for a way to keep my food warm for a long time (i.e. several hours) or reheat it. A microwave oven is out of the question, I don't have any space in my kitchen and the food tastes a bit weird.
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Or maybe something like this:

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Portable stoves look brilliant, I didn't even know they existed!

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Old 03-22-2015, 03:21 AM   #9
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Maybe look into a food warmer bag that either is powered by a car cigarette plug or a 110V corded one.
Yes, an electric food warmer bag. That would be even more brilliant than a portable stove!
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A portable stove isn't that brilliant. You don't want to cook.
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A portable stove isn't that brilliant. You don't want to cook.
They describe them as food warmers.

That's the problem here, there are many possibilities and I have no idea what the final results will be.

I'm guessing the good old bain-marie will provide the best results and the fact that it's electric makes it even better, safer and easier to use. This one seems nice:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Commercial-M.../dp/B0072U2BLC

The electric bags seem are extremely portable and easy to store but I seriously doubt they can heat up and keep the temperature properly.

I'm not so sure about portable ovens anymore, maybe they will dry out the food...
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Old 03-22-2015, 05:35 PM   #12
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I believe I have just found the perfect solution and it was right in front of me all the time: my wonderful Thermomix.




The plastic tray you see on top is the wonderful Varoma, which can be used to steam cook all types of ingredients but also to reheat food.

It takes a bit longer than a microwave oven (15 min.) but the final result is much better: the food is hot, moist and cooked to perfection.
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They describe them as food warmers.

That's the problem here, there are many possibilities and I have no idea what the final results will be.

I'm guessing the good old bain-marie will provide the best results and the fact that it's electric makes it even better, safer and easier to use. This one seems nice:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Commercial-M.../dp/B0072U2BLC

The electric bags seem are extremely portable and easy to store but I seriously doubt they can heat up and keep the temperature properly.

I'm not so sure about portable ovens anymore, maybe they will dry out the food...
That Bain-Marie is NOT portable, it needs to sit on a heat safe countertop.
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Old 03-24-2015, 12:25 AM   #14
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A portable food bag that is either battery or outlet powered is about all you can expect for your needs.
Other than that...it's portable hot plate types.
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