One of the most important things that a commercial establishment that serves food to the public must do is to make sure it is safely preserved. This is done with the installation of appropriate commercial refrigeration.
The idea of preserving food by keeping it cool is not new. For many years ice was the only thing available for safeguarding against food deterioration. Records show the United States led the world in both production and use of ice. Although a patent for mechanical refrigeration was filed in 1871, it was not until the 1930’s that the manufacture of the current type of refrigeration began.
Food Service businesses have a huge responsibility in making sure that their products are safe for human consumption. Commercial Refrigerators are designed to fulfill this need. Equipped with one or two sections and varying in style, size, function and format, they are devised to fulfill the requirements for convenience and food conservation.
Types of commercial refrigerators
• Prep table
• Refrigerated display case
• Back bar cooler
• Reach in refrigerator
• Deli case
• Draft Beer system
Commercial refrigerators are designed for the establishment that is using it and has precise specifications to accommodate its purpose. For example, a refrigerated display case is designed for restaurants and retail stores to display packaged foods to the public and has sliding or self-closing doors. A refrigerated deli case, on the other hand is open and will display fresh cheeses, sliced meats and other foods.
Characteristics of restaurant free standing commercial refrigerators
• Reach-in models
• One, two or three doors
• Glass, solid or split doors
• Available in upright and walk-in models
• Maintains temperatures between 34 and 40 degrees Fahrenheit
• Keeps produce fresh
• Keeps prepared food longer
• Walk-in models can store boxed or bulk items
Because of its heavy use, a commercial fridge is larger and more solidly constructed than an ordinary household model. The majority of these refrigerators are made of stainless steel in order to withstand its continuous use in a busy commercial kitchen. Indoor shelves consist of stainless steel, polyethylene or heavy duty PVC. This type of construction makes for easy cleaning and aids in preventing bacteria growth on the food.
Popular brands of commercial refrigerators include Saturn, Empura, True, Flogal, Continental, Turbo Air, Perluck and Traulson. It is always a good idea to check and see if the commercial refrigerator being considered conforms to ENERGY STAR standards. This will mean they have passed all tests for a highly efficient model.
Commercial refrigeration is essential to maintain the health of customers. As a result, they are constantly examined by health inspectors to assure compliance with strict laws regarding the handling of food they serve.