How to select the right Commercial Refrigeration for your Business
Once you have your menu set and your cooking equipment selected, then it’s time to consider the Refrigeration / Freezer needs for your commercial kitchen.
Particular consideration should be given to the existing and projected turnover of menu lines requiring refrigerated storage. If your menu is based on a lot of frozen foods, then you will need ample freezer space. On the other hand, if you receive daily deliveries of fresh meats, seafood and produce, then you won’t need as much refrigeration as restaurants receiving food deliveries once or twice a week.
The fact that refrigerators are the only appliances that run 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, highlights the importance of selecting reliable and durable commercial refrigeration. Just imagine your worst nightmare becoming a reality. You turn up to work only to discover your refrigeration has leaked and all the food is spoiled due to equipment failure!
Therefore, when choosing refrigeration for your commercial kitchen you need to consider the following factors:
As energy costs continue to rise, so does the need for higher efficiency in commercial refrigeration. The positioning and insulation used in the manufacture of new equipment aids in reducing external heat load and energy consumption. Remember to check the *star rating* – the more stars the more savings!
A refrigeration system must prevent spoilage. Units should include removable components making it easier to clean and sanitise to ensure food safety. Doors must be easy to open and close securely to keep food fresh and cold. Temperature controls should be visual and simple to adjust.
Commercial refrigeration systems must be durable to keep food cold 24 hours a day. You can’t afford equipment failure.
Make sure you purchase your commercial catering equipment from a reputable supplier, who provides prompt and reliable after-sales service. Check the validity of equipment warranties, customer support programs and the availability of replacement parts.
Also, check the origin of the equipment you are intending to purchase. Whilst the purchase price may seem cheaper; it is highly probable the long-term quality, functionality and after-sales service will be compromised. You certainly can’t afford to have unreliable equipment in a busy commercial kitchen as this will affect the viability of your business.
There are many types of commercial refrigeration available and you can spend hours shopping around, spending your valuable time researching your options. We recommend you seek expert advice, allowing you to continue doing what you are good at – running your business!
If you want to save time, get the best service and the best prices, contact us at Ace Catering Equipment. We are perfectly placed, to advise and assist you, on all your Refrigeration / Freezer Equipment requirements.