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Great for parties
on September 26, 2011
What a wonderful idea, for a food warmer. When I stumbled across this, I wondered why no one had thought of it before. Great for cocktail parties or family get togethers where you want to have multiple hot dishes or dips in an easy to use single appliance. Since each crock holds only one quart, it is rather limiting for dinner side dishes such as green beans, or soups, etc. But it is perfect for dips and hors d'ouerves such as nacho cheese dip, bbq meatballs, spinach dip, etc.
Features include a separate on/off "warming" heat control for each crock, which makes it handy for choosing to either heat a crock or to use it for something cold. When I used it, I pre-heated my dips in a microwave and used the triple dipper as a "holding tank" warmer. And there is no problem with cold crocks next to "warmed" crocks since the heating elements are isolated to the crock's insert surfaces.
Another very handy feature is that this has a built in lazy susan, allowing users to rotate it to the crock they want to dip out of. You can't even tell that there is a rotating base, by looking at the unit, since it is such a well integrated feature. Besides the handy see through glass lids with small handles on top, there is also a traveling plastic snap-on shield that allows you to transport it with contents pre-heated, without fear of spills, since the one piece shield snaps down over the glass lids to keep them in place. And when it is not being used to restrain the lids on each crock, it can be used as a three compartment serving bowl for chips and crackers to set next to the unit. And it is large enough to hold a respectable amount of chips/crackers. It would also be very functional for separating veggies for dipping (carrot sticks, celery, and brocolli).
The only questionable feature is the triangular cubby holes which fill in the spaces between each crock, around the perimeter. These cubby holes have removable inserts, making for easy to clean. However, I have not figured out what to use those for, other than possibly plastic forks or spoons. They are not all that functional for edibles due to the depth and shape of the inserts.
Another thing you need to realize is that this is a pretty large appliance and will have to be stored in a place where space is not at a premium and most likely not in a standard cupboard since it is about 19" wide. This can't be considered a negative necessarily, because, by it's very nature of being utilitarian for its intended use, this has to be the size that it is.
The first time I used this for a party, I had many comments and questions about where I found it. Ladies, especially, were saying "wow, how cool is that....I want one."