Keeping raw soup warm without cooking`
We have a Vegan potluck in a couple of weeks. I told them I'd bring a veggie/zucchini hummus plate and a corn chowder. Did not tell them I was bringing RAW corn chowder, lol. But this soup is always liked by our non-raw friends and even SAD friends we've had try it, and is so easy to make, so I figure it's a good bet to please the crowd, and the simplicity fits my schedule that day.
I'd really like to get there and make several batches about 3 to 4 hrs ahead and keep it warm somehow while we're all occupied at the event. I don't want to be making it while they are serving themselves. (I don't even really want them to know it's raw until they come asking for the recipe.)
I have a large crockpot. Will that cook it if I transfer it into that after blending, and leave it on "keep warm" for that long? If so, any other ideas?
Experiment with Temp First
It is wonderful to be able to warm a Raw soup - however, you do want to keep an eye on the temperature.
I have a large crock pot that only takes 20 minutes on warm to heat up to 100 degrees. At 30 minutes, the temp reaches 117 - still under 118, but I prefer a max of 105. After 40 minutes, my "warm" setting can heat as high as 144 degrees.
So, here's what I do - put my soup in the crock pot and set a timer for 20 minutes - then I check the temp - if it is around 100 degrees, I turn the power off for 10 to 15 minutes, then back on, etc.
Am i compulsive? To me it's worth it cuz there are some amazing Raw soups that are out of this world when warmed (like Matt Amsden's onion soup OMG!)