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Need some advice. I am participating in a Chili Cookoff tonight and the chili has to be brought hot so I've brought it all to work and am going to put it in my crockpot to reheat. The chili is in the refrigerator right now so I am trying to figure out the best way to heat it. How long do you think it will take to heat? Should I just put it in there on warm for a few hours or start it out on a hotter setting and then turn it down?

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Last updated: Jul. 27, 2013 5:21 pm
Posted: Jan. 30, 2013 10:05 am
Answered by: Saveur
Jan. 30, 2013 10:15 am
I would start her off hot, then bring her down. Better safe than sorry, or in this case luke-warm! And chili just gets better the more it's cooled, then re-cooked in my experience. Good luck!
Jan. 30, 2013 10:19 am
PS: better put a sign on it "not for office consumption" 'cause the smell is going to make your co-workers hungry!
Jan. 30, 2013 10:35 am
I know! I'm going to put it by my desk just to be on the safe side. I work at a Church but you never know what people will do when they are hungry! :)
Answered by: foodiemonster
Jan. 30, 2013 10:50 am
OK, I may sound weird, but If I'm taking crockpot food with me that needs to be hot I dump the food in another pot and heat on the stove-only takes a few minutes to heat it up thoroughly , then pour the hot food back in the crock pot and take it with me. At the location I keep it on low where it's supposed to be served. I don't heat it in the crock pot, because it is hard to determine when it will be hot enough or heated through it may take hours for thick stews or chili so I won't risk serving cold food. For me It's just an extra pot to wash but way faster and easier than reheating in the crock pot.
Jan. 30, 2013 10:52 am
I only do that with soups or stews/chilis that won't lose shape.
Jan. 30, 2013 11:06 am
I take it there is no other re-heating option such as a microwave oven. Ideally, you would not have cooked your chili the entire cook time if knowing you’re going to re-heat in a slow cooker. I would reheat as quickly as possible, and if a slow cooker is the only option, I would definitely set it on high rather than extend the cooking time an extra couple of hours. Chili often gets better by resting overnight so that should not be a problem. I just think the texture of the beans & meat may breakdown if overcooked. I'm basically saying something similar as foodiemonster but in different words.
Jan. 30, 2013 12:34 pm
Yes too much heating for too long can make for unappetizing tecture. I second ConkyjOE, If you have a microwave do use it!
Answered by: LaVina
Jan. 30, 2013 11:20 am
If you have access to a microwave, I would heat it in there, then put it into the crockpot on warm.
Jan. 30, 2013 12:24 pm
Thanks everyone. I think I can do batches in the microwave. That's a good option. I don't want it scorched!
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