Hot holding cabinets are temperature maintenance units in the same vein as refrigeration equipment. And though they are heated, foodservice operators do not use this equipment for cooking.
To help determine what size cabinet suits the application and the necessary number of shelves, operators should take into account how much food will be held at one time.
The condition of front-of-house equipment and units visible to customers, such as heated display merchandisers, serves as a reflection of an operation. Keeping this equipment clean and properly maintained plays a critical role in the success of any retail operation as doing so will enhance the appearance of food displays and therefore draw customers.
Heated merchandisers hold hot food at safe temperatures between 140 degrees F and 160 degrees F. Operators can use these units in the back or front of house to keep food accessible and hot prior to serving. Self-serve units help create impulse sales opportunities in grab-and-go applications.
The IHDCH-45 Intelligent Heated Display Cabinet with Humidity regulates air temperature while balancing the humidity level. The unit features 360-degree viewing and LED lighting, making it easier for consumers to see the food.
Flav-R-Savor Heated Air Curtain Cabinets have no front doors to provide customers easier access to hot products. Heated air at the front of the cabinet is forced downward, forming a curtain of heat, which is then drawn toward the rear of the cabinet, warming each shelf.
The confluence of high labor costs and consumers’ need for speed creates a recipe for accessible, portable food options, either as the main meal or as add-on items. As a result, the role of the reach-in continues to evolve from simple storage item to profit center for many foodservice operators, including fast-casual and quick-service operators.
Undercounter and underbar refrigeration serve as supplemental storage solutions for the front of house or in the kitchen as part of a prep station. Timothy A. Barker, founder of Table & Bar Consulting Group in Memphis, Tenn., provides information on what to consider when purchasing undercounter refrigeration.