To avoid milk stone buildup, a combination cleaner and sanitizer is recommended for cleaning soft-serve machines’ stationary components. After assembly, this chemical acts as a sanitizer and has the added benefit of working on milk stone film. These chemicals are intended to be used in food zones.
Consultant Arlene Spiegel, president of New York City-based Arlene Spiegel & Associates, discusses the hard, cold facts foodservice operators will need to know when purchasing a soft-serve machine.
Regular cleaning and sanitizing is critical with soft-serve machines. Operators should follow the manufacturer’s recommendations, using the appropriate tools and chemicals, to ensure a long service life.
Foodservice operators use soft-serve equipment to dispense ice cream, frozen custard, frozen yogurt and sorbet. Key commercial markets for these units include quick-service restaurants, such as frozen treat shops, bakeries and cafés, and full-service restaurants, such as family dining, buffets and casual dining. Schools, colleges and universities, airports and business cafeterias typically have soft-serve equipment in the noncommercial markets.
Pastomaster HE pasteurizers have received 3-A certification, along with the UL and NSF approvals, for frozen dessert production. Working with a variety of mixtures and bases, the unit can create ice cream, custard, gelato, sorbet and Italian ice. Two models are available with tank capacities of 62 or 127 quarts.
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.