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    Keeping sandwiches warm in crockpot?

    Thu Aug 26, 2010 1:55 pm
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    Anyone ever tried to keep ready-made sandwiches warm in a crockpot? I wanted to make some "Runza" but I need to keep them warm (without an oven). I was thinking maybe I'd wrap each one in aluminum foil and put them in a crockpot on low for a couple hours. Anyone ever done this? Or have other ideas?

    Red Apple Guy
    Thu Aug 26, 2010 2:46 pm
    Forum Host
    My only concern would be moisture, especially if your recipe includes cabbage and onions like this one: A lidded crock pot holds moisture in.

    I would try it. I'd use the "warm" setting if your device has one. That's usually 140 F or so, while low is 180 F or more. I'd also leave the lid ajar a little to keep moisture from collecting.

    Let us know how it works.

    Red Apple Guy
    Rainbow - Chef 536866
    Fri Aug 27, 2010 7:14 am Groupie
    I agree with R.A.G that moisture would be the only problem. How many are you warming? How big is the pot? I would also leave the lid ajar to let moisture out. No need for the aluminum foil, I don't think. Might put a little rack on the bottom and parchment paper between them instead of foil. Are these ready made runzas frozen? or just premade and wrapped? Other than those cautions, I think it would work, but I would do it on high for a shorter time than RAG. There is a bit of controversy between people who've had slow cookers for a long time, and had the ones that cook on lower heat and the people who've bought them more recently which cook on higher heat. I think the higher heat would deal with the moisture better than letting them sit there warming for a longer time, getting soggy.

    Oh! Wait a minute! I think I misread! But I'm going to leave that answer there. I thought you wanted to warm up premade runzas that had been premade more than a couple of hours ago... like make them at home and then take them somwhere. But you are talking about making them and then immediately putting them in a crockpot to keep them warm? In that case RAG is right on again in keeping the pot on low. But not for too long cuz they might get soggy.
    Tue Aug 31, 2010 6:19 pm
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    This actually worked pretty well!! The recipe made 15 good size sandwiches and I managed to fit them all in my crockpot (around 5 qt size I think). I thoroughly buttered the bottom and sides of the crock and set the sandwiches on end. I propped open the lid with a wooden spoon to let the moisture out. A couple of the sandwiches got a little dark and crunchy on one side where they had more contact with the crock, but they didn't taste burnt. I kept them on low for a couple of hours before we were able to eat. I didn't put any sort of rack or foil on the bottom simply because I didn't have enough room. Thanks for your advice!
    Rainbow - Chef 536866
    Tue Aug 31, 2010 7:41 pm Groupie
    Wow! Thanks for letting us know what you did and how it worked! Another great use for a slow cooker! I'll remember this next time I have a gathering and might need to keep sandwiches warm.
    Slow cookers have so many really great basic uses!
    Red Apple Guy
    Wed Sep 01, 2010 3:40 pm
    Forum Host
    I'm glad it worked out.

    I've never had a Runza. What's the recipe? They look good.
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