For optimum food safety, regularly clean and sanitize temperature-controlled food holding equipment. Because these units are considered secondary to cooking equipment, they may not get the required weekly maintenance needed to be kept properly clean.
Prior to specifying temperature-controlled food holding equipment, assess the operation’s menu and type of service.
When purchasing a warmer/merchandiser, its utilization will determine the type the operation requires. While self-serve units provide access to customers during slower periods of the day, products must be replenished regularly for a full appearance. Also, packaging plays a part in whether the food looks appealing in these units.
Warmers/merchandisers are not only functional, but they also serve as a selling vehicle for a variety of food types. These units offer both self- and full-service capabilities and are often used in the front of house to display either plated or packaged food.
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.