Catering fridges are a must have in the catering industry. You can’t operate without a way to keep your food cool and safe for customers. During busy periods like Christmas, they become a key part in keeping your kitchen operating effectively.
But you may be wondering why a catering fridge, and not something cheaper like your fridge at home or one with a lower price tag? However, these budget buys can lead to tragic costs in the future, for your food and for your kitchen.
In this article, we are going to discuss some of the most important differences that professional commercial equipment provides over standard domestic items.
Size does matter, and for more important reasons than the obvious increase in storage space. A catering fridge comes with a much bigger compressor than the fridge you have at home. The compressor is what takes the hot air inside the fridge and releases it outside of the fridge.
On your fridge at home, you can look in the back to see a small bottle shaped compressor. Because your fridge at home is opened only a few times a day, your compressor doesn’t have to work as hard to get the hot air out.
Now think about your catering kitchen and how many times the fridge door gets open. In a busy kitchen, it can be opened hundreds of times, each time letting more hot air in and increasing the chance of bacteria growing. This means your compressor is working a lot harder than the one you have at home. If you have a domestic fridge in your kitchen, more than likely it’s going to break or simply not work, both resulting in food waste.
Designed for Deep Cleaning
The standards of a modern catering kitchen are held high to keep food-related illness down. The Environmental Health Officers demand the best from the food industry, and commercial fridge manufacturers have caught on.
Catering fridges are designed for easy, deep cleaning in mind - outside and inside. As we’ve stated, most are made from stainless steel. They are also designed with removable shelves and door seals for straightforward cleaning.
We’ve already established that your fridge is going to get more use in your catering kitchen than it is in your domestic kitchen. Same goes for any appliance, and the more use you have for it the quicker it is going to deteriorate.
Commercial products, including catering fridges, are manufactured to withstand the frequent use of catering kitchens. Manufactured with high-quality stainless steel and iron, they are built to last in busy kitchen environments.
Coming back to the fridge doors being opened hundreds of times per day - do you think your domestic fridges hinges could handle that? Catering fridges have stainless steel hinges that were made for this type of use. Most of the time they even have self-closing hinges, ensuring your fridge is always shut, making it easier for your compressor to control temperature.
In the food industry, your product is expected to be made as best as it can. Foods need to be made at exact temperatures when served. In the catering industry, this can be even harder when you have huge events.
All foods, hot and cold, come from the fridge at one point or another. Having a catering fridge will support your chef and allow him to coordinate the whole meal, without jeopardising the end quality of the product.
With all the possible malfunctions of a domestic fridge we’ve already stated, using a domestic fridge would mean there is a high chance you are going to have food that is not at the right temperature, creating food safety problems.
Catering fridges are very efficient in keeping things cold - ultimately boosting the quality of the food you have inside. It will prevent your food from warming up every time the door is opened and protect your food, so your veggies have a nice crunch and your pastries never lose form. This will, in turn, reduce food waste and build a reputation for great, fresh food.
Low price tags can be enticing, but if you look beyond the price tag you may see some things that look discouraging. Think of what the fridge is made from, what features and activities it will support, and if it’s the right size for your catering needs.
At CRS, we offer a range of fridge solutions for the catering industry. Available in different sizes, our high-quality catering fridges are available for rent, lease or buy with unbeatable pricing without sacrificing quality.
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