chafing dish


chaf·​ing dish ˈchā-fiŋ- How to pronounce chafing dish (audio)
: a utensil for cooking or keeping food warm at the table

Examples of chafing dish in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The chafing dishes were full, and sparkled with Sterno and silver polish. Lily Meyer, The Atlantic, 25 Mar. 2024 While the recipe has been modified through the years, including additions to balance and add complexity to the sauce, along with the switch from warming the meatballs in a chafing dish to a slow-cooker, the flavor base remains the same. Southern Living Test Kitchen, Southern Living, 5 Dec. 2023 Using chafing dishes for hot dishes and keeping cold dishes in their containers, sometimes in ice, is recommended, Baker writes for The Conversation. Caitlin O'Kane, CBS News, 21 Nov. 2023 Be sure to keep the dip warm in either a slow cooker or a chafing dish. Southern Living Editors, Southern Living, 3 Oct. 2023 Swedish meatballs—that staple of American 1950s chafing dish cookery with grape jelly and sour cream—might best be forgotten. John Mariani, Forbes, 17 July 2023 Transfer to a fondue pot or chafing dish. Meredith Deeds, Star Tribune, 25 Dec. 2020 The flat aluminum top acts like a chafing dish, radiating enough heat to keep a bowl of soup warm or melt a pot of snow. Charlie Ebbers, Outside Online, 18 Oct. 2022 During the game, keep foods at their proper temperatures Keep hot foods hot with a food warmer, chafing dish, or hot plate. Keep cold foods cold by placing dishes in a shallow container with ice. Portion out food. Katie Wedell, USA TODAY, 11 Feb. 2022

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Word History


Middle English chafing, present participle of chaufen, chafen to warm

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of chafing dish was in the 15th century

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“Chafing dish.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

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chafing dish

chaf·​ing dish ˈchā-fiŋ- How to pronounce chafing dish (audio)
: a dish for cooking or warming food at the table

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