Has anyone seen a heat lamp over a kitchen island or under an upper cabinet? Something like a regular 250w can light. My wife an I were discussing this and neither of us had ever seen it but it would be handy if you were trying to keep a tray of food warm or for quicker thawing of something frozen.
Greg, Restaurants over here have used this method to keep food hot after it is served up, ever since I can remember. I also remember being sent to repair some of these lights one busy night in one of these restaurants and burning my wrist on the stainless counter. Anyhow, I can't say I agree with keeping food hot in this way.
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Greg, a word of warning. Any food placed to keep warm under such a lamp should be consumed within a reasonable period, say 30 minutes from cooking. Warm food can be a breeding ground for dangerous bacteria and a lamp should not be used for defrosting or heating stuff like butter for spreading,[though I guess you never have to do that often in Florida!]. The safe temperature for keeping food warm is 140F [60C] minimum. BTW, if it gets too hot under a lamp you may damage the worktop, if it's laminate, by 'unsticking' the latex glue or bubbling the top transparent coating.
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