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Keeping fried fish warm during an outdoor fish fry on a cold Minnesota evening

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Keeping fried fish warm during an outdoor fish fry on a cold Minnesota evening

jdonna | Oct 4, 2012 11:28 AM

I've been watching this community for a while but have never posted.

I hold a fish fry every year in the fall with fish that my brother and I have caught throughout the year. It's an outdoor / backyard affair with a large 4 quart dutch oven cooker over a propane cooker. I prepare beer battered fish with cheese curds and homemade chips. I'll end up frying for a number of hours.

The problem is that we'll have a REALLY cold evening this weekend in Minnesota. It'll get down to 30 F or so. (That'll learn me for holding the party so late in the year). Usually the fish, chips, and curds go fast that it's not a problem to keep the food warm (plus it's usually 40 degrees warmer). I'm expecting that many people this year will come early and therefore I'll be frying up earlier in the day to accommodate folks.

I'm concerned about keeping the food warm. I've been wondering about purchasing some chafing dishes. I'm wondering however if I use a chafing dish with water in the bottom and then cover the food, it'll stay warm, but get soggy. Perhaps a heat lamp?

Any tips for keeping fried food warm? Thanks Chowhound community!

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