The ideal temperature for keeping food warm in the oven until it is time to serve is between 140 degrees and 165 degrees Fahrenheit. Since harmful bacteria can grow when the temperature in the oven falls under 140 degrees, keeping food in the oven at the appropriate temperature until serving can help stave off food-borne illnesses and bacteria that cause food poisoning.
If your oven can be set as low as 175 or 180 F on a normal bake or convection bake setting that is probably a better alternative unless you have access to an oven thermometer and can measure what temperature the warm setting on your oven attains.
To keep food warm in the oven, you need to maintain a steady and safe temperature while also keeping the food moist. You can also use other methods to hold food at a safe temperature to keep it safe and tasting great.
To keep your food from drying out, turn your oven into a ‘steaming box’. Simply boil three cups of water (microwave it), put a loaf pan, or something similar, on the bottom rack, below your food, and pour in the boiled water. Make sure your food is uncovered, and keep the oven door shut until you’re ready to serve.
Keep hot takeout food — such as barbecued meat or Chinese food — warm by transferring it to an oven-safe baking dish while you prepare another dish serve with it. If you mash potatoes in an oven-safe saucepan, place them in the oven to stay warm while you finish preparing the other foods.
To keep foods warm while serving, you might want to warm the plates. Ceramic plates maintain heat nicely. To warm plates for serving, stack them in an oven for 15 minutes at the lowest oven temperature, like 150 to 200 F. You could also use a warming drawer or toaster oven. Also, you can warm them in the microwave oven for one to two minutes.
What temp should chicken be kept in oven to keep warm? The chicken should be kept at 140°F or above. The temperature danger zone for pathogen growth in food is 40°F to 140°F.
What is the best temperature to keep food that is already cooked hot/warm? Im going to cook some steaks on the Foreman Grill, but it isnt big enough to cook all of the steaks at once... What is a good temperature to keep an oven so that the steaks will stay hot...but not keep on cooking the steaks?
To keep food warm without overcooking, set your oven to the lowest temperature (which is probably 200 degrees F) and cover the food with foil. Use an oven thermometer to keep track of how warm the oven gets: when the temperature goes above 225 degrees F or so, turn your oven off and the food will stay warm in the residual heat.