If you’re like me, you believe there’s never a bad time to serve cheese dip. You might be preparing for a party, looking for an easy appetizer, or getting ready for an epic game day with friends — this is a dip you can always count on as a crowd-pleaser. But there’s one small problem: how do you keep your cheese dip from cooling off and getting all crusty and hard?
To keep your cheese dip warm and appetizing, try using a slow-cooker to keep your dip at the exact right temperature for you and your guests all day long. After making your cheese dip according to your recipe, place the dip in a slow-cooker on the “warm” setting.
Don’t have a slow-cooker? No problem! A simple double-boil method or a warming plate will also do the trick.
Option 1: Slow-Cooker
- Slow-cooker (A Crock-Pot is a great option.)
- Cheese dip ingredients
For those of us who want to minimize the mess, the slow-cooker is a great option. With a slow-cooker you have the option of combining your ingredients directly in the slow-cooker to cook — no additional pots or pans needed!
Just place your ingredients in the cooker, mix them up, and allow them to sit and cook, with an additional stir every 5-10 minutes.
We wouldn’t suggest a slow-cooker liner (a plastic bag that lines the inside of your cooker) for this option. While a liner is great for making meals such as a pot roast, we find that the cheese dip gets stuck to the liner. This makes it harder to serve and less enjoyable for you and your guests.
The optimal temperature for cheese dip in a slow cooker is approximately between 135 and 200 degrees Fahrenheit. You can test this with an instant thermometer, or just keep your cooker on the “warm” setting.
Option 2: Double-Boil
- Cheese dip ingredients
- Double boiler or small saucepan and a stainless steel/tempered glass mixing bowl
A double boiler consists of two pots – a larger one, similar to a saucepan, and a shallower, smaller pan that rests on top. If you don’t have a double boiler, you can easily DIY it with a saucepan and a stainless steel or tempered glass mixing bowl.
First, fill the bottom pan with one or two inches of water and put the bowl on top. Place both on your stovetop, over medium heat.
Place your cheese dip ingredients in your bowl. Once your ingredients have come together to make your cheese dip, turn the heat down to low. Remember to stir every once in a while!
As it heats, the water in the bottom pan will simmer and transfer steady heat to the bowl above. Make sure you check the water level in the saucepan every once in a while and add more water if needed.
Option 3: Warming Plate
- Cheese dip (made beforehand)
- Heat-safe bowl or Dutch oven
- Warming plate
You can find a warming plate at your local home & kitchen goods store or online. Your cheese dip should be in a heat-safe bowl or Dutch oven, and the setting should be on low.
You’ll need to stir your cheese dip every once in a while to prevent the cheese from congealing.
Why is my cheese dip separating?
Sometimes, if you overcook your cheese dip you can cause the dairy in it to curdle. To prevent this, always cook and keep your cheese dip warm over low heat, and stir every once in a while.