A hot counter is a showcase in which prepared meat dishes or soups, and occasionally even complete dishes, are offered for immediate consumption.
Hot counters have been offered in Germany since at least the 1920s. A hot counter can be used as a supplement to a conventional counter in the butcher's shop and used for prepared meat dishes and meat loaf, but it is also increasingly used in system catering . Hot counters are equipped with Gastronorm containers, which are heated from the bottom with a water bath (so-called bain-marie ). In the past, a conventional hot plate or from above was used for heating, but this led to the food drying out.
- ^ Wolfgang Protzner, Christiane Köglmaier-Horn: Culina Franconiae , Volume 2, Page 220, Contributions to Economic and Social History, Verlag Steiner, 2008, ISBN 3515091696 excerpt