It is Friday night and your friends have gathered at your house for a party. Somebody puts their finger in the cheese dip and says, “Hey, your cheese dip is cold!” How do you prevent your cheese dip from going cold and ruining the party?
The key to keeping your cheese dip warm is to heat it to a temperature less than the boiling point. If your cheese dip gets any warmer, it will scorch. Scorched cheese tastes terrible and will leave you with a nasty mess in your serving pot.
Cheese dip is something that is hit or miss. If the temperature isn’t perfect, your friends won’t touch it with a ten-foot pole, let alone a nacho chip. Keep your guests happy by following these simple recommendations.
Use a Fondue Pot
A fondue pot is specifically designed to hold melted cheese. It should have a heat selector that will allow you to keep the temperature high enough to keep your cheese dip warm, but not so high as to scorch it. Modern fondue pots usually have a non-stick surface that will make it easy to clean.
Use a Double Boiler
A double boiler is two pots, one larger one that has hot water in it, and one smaller one that fits inside and that contains the substance you want heated. You can heat the water in the larger pot three ways.
- A hot water source such as an instant hot water dispenser.
- A fire source such as a Sterno can or even a candle.
- An electrical heating element.
Your cheese dip will not scorch because the water in the larger pot will be at the boiling point, while the smaller pot that contains the cheese dip will be slightly cooler.
Use a Crock Pot
If you set the crock pot on low, it will barely be hot enough to boil its contents. If you leave the lid off, the pot will not scorch your cheese dip. A crock pot will hold an enormous amount of cheese dip, and is easy to clean.
Use an Electric Skillet
Most electric skillets have a temperature setting. Set the temperature below the boiling point and add the cheese dip. This option is not as aesthetically pleasing as the other options, so it is the last resort.
Stir the Cheese Dip Periodically
When you keep cheese dip heated for extended periods of time, it can separate into different components. Stirring the cheese dip periodically will prevent this from happening. It will also prevent the cheese dip from sticking to the bottom of the pan.
Don’t let a cold pepper jack cheese dip ruin your party. Keep it warmed up in a fondue pot, a double boiler, or a crock pot. As a last resort, you can use an electric skillet. And keep that cheese dip in its best condition by stirring it occasionally.