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With beef, mexican rice, and refried beans in a roaster that has 3 separator bowls, how long does it take to reheat these taco bar dishes, and what would be the best temperature?

I intend to prepare them the night before, the next day I fill the roaster with hot water and insert separator pans with the taco dishes for reheating. This will be presented in a lunch room with no stove/oven, but it does have a microwave.

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  • FYI, I will prepare the taco dishes the night before and then the next day I intend to fill roaster with hot water and insert separator pans with taco dishes for reheating. – Jcrehnelt Aug 2 '17 at 1:41
  • is the device you are using this (or something very similar)?Oster Roster Oven with Buffet insert – Cos Callis Aug 2 '17 at 13:50
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    Is the 'roaster' meant for cooking, or just "warming"? The "warming" ones are to hold stuff once they're already heated up ... it might take hours to warm stuff up in them (which means it's in the 'food danger zone' for way too long. You're better off warming things through other means (even a microwave on low) than in trying to heat things up in them, typically. – Joe Aug 2 '17 at 19:06
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Well, if anybody gives you a solid figure on how long it's going to take, they almost certainly don't know what they're talking about. Even if they did know how hot your appliance gets and how quickly; the quantities of your ingredients, the initial temperature of your ingredients; the water content, fat content, and density are of your ingredients; how big the pieces of beef are, etc, providing anything more than a ballpark figure would be overly optimistic. In almost every circumstance, time is the least precise measurement to measure how cooked something is.

A good temperature to shoot for with any buffet items is just above 140 degrees without going too far over. If your beef is rare or medium rare, be sure to heat it immediately before serving so it's not sitting around hot– it will become tough, dry, and overcooked quickly. Stirring makes a huge difference in both quality and reheating time, so be sure to consistently stir it up.

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