The main focus in a commercial kitchen is putting out good food. In order to put out good food, you need to be using the best possible ingredients. To keep your ingredients as fresh as possible you need a fully functioning commercial refrigeration equipment. When it comes to commercial fridge freezers and all other refrigeration equipment available, you need to know what to look for to ensure that you buy the right equipment for your kitchen.
Commercial refrigeration equipment
Avoid residential refrigeration equipment
No matter how small your commercial kitchen might be, you should completely avoid residential fridges, no matter how good a deal you might find. They might seem like the right fit if you’re just starting out, but in the long term you just going to have to spend extra money replacing the unit. Residential fridges aren’t as powerful as commercial ones, and they don’t have the capacity to keep the temperature low after being opened and closed multiple times.
If you do end up purchasing a fridge that isn’t meant for commercial uses and an issue occurs, no commercial catering engineers will touch your equipment or attempt to repair them.
Different types of chilling equipment
Depending on your restaurant menu, the amount of space you have available and the different amount of stock and produce you may need, you might have to have multiple different pieces of refrigeration equipment. Of course you’ll need the standard commercial fridge, but you might also need a blast chiller to quickly chill and freeze things. And if you need extra storage space you may look at getting under counter fridges and freezers installed as well.
Choosing the right size
Linking into the above points, you may be restricted when it comes to choosing what equipment you have space for in your kitchen. Not only is it all about space, but you’ll need to take into consideration the amount of produce you will need to carry for day-to-day service, as well as the produce that will be on constant rotation depending on your menus and any changes it may have, e.g. seasonal, specials, Sunday dinners. We would always suggest getting a fridge or freezer that’s slightly bigger than you think you will need, just so you’re covered by any unexpected by welcomed growth.
You may like the look of a fancy high-tech fridge or cooler with lots of separate compartments for different produce, but when it comes to cleaning it all out afterwards, it’s going to take a lot of time and effort. Look for something that is simple yet effective, something that does the job that it’s meant too. We would advise avoiding unit that have glass doors. They look attractive however need cleaning multiple times a day in order to remove any fingerprints, dirt, grime, everything that comes in with running a busy kitchen.
This point isn’t as important in smaller appliances, but if you’re looking to buy a walk in fridge or freezer, it’s important that you know what the internal layout is like. That might be looking at the lighting situation, how many shelves or storage compartments you have, whether or not you can adjust the storage and if you have to bring your produce in on a trolley or something similar, do you have enough room to bring that in and manoeuvre it around? These (and many more) are all questions that you will need to consider when looking for large scale kitchen equipment.
Commercial Refrigeration Maintenance
Once you’ve decided on the right commercial refrigeration system for your kitchen, you then need to think about the commercial refrigeration installation and commercial refrigeration repairs and maintenance. Catering companies such as NWCE Foodservice Equipment can assist you with all of the above. The company are not only commercial refrigeration suppliers, but they have a crack team of engineers who can help install and maintain all of your equipment not just your commercial refrigeration systems.
Their team of engineers are skilled in commercial equipment installation, no matter how big or small your piece of equipment might be, they will make sure that it is safely installed, and that the kitchen team know how to work with the appliance. The engineers can also carry out regular commercial refrigeration maintenance. That ensures that your equipment is running as efficiently as possible and if there are any small issues they will be able to pick that up before it becomes a larger issue.
When it comes to choosing the right refrigeration system, it’s worth taking your time, going through all of the options available and making sure whatever you choose fits in multiple ways into your kitchen.