Preparation space is always at a premium and these flexible chilled or freezer units add to the good range of cold counters now available to keep that valuable work surface.
Temperature ranges: Increasingly, cold counters are being used close to the cooking suite for service and can be supplied in “Meat Temperature” as well as General Purpose Temperature ranges to deal with high heat sources close to where they are situated.
Blast chillers and freezers help to increase productivity by reducing the time taken to chill or freeze cooked products ready for storage or transportation.
Blast freezers and chillers improve food hygieneand reduce waste.
Programmable : Different foods need a variety of chilling or freezing speeds in order to optimize the product quality. Some models have a range of programmable speeds to minimise ice crystal formation and preserve quality.
Memory Stick Recording : It is possible to use a memory stick with some manufacturers to record temperature data at set intervals (e.g. every 3 minutes). With a 15 minute interval the stick can record approximately a year’s worth of data from a machine in fairly constant use. The stick may be removed and the data transferred to any computer with a USB port.
Temperature Probe : To ensure food safety operators need to be able to assess the temperature of food during and at the end of a chill or freeze cycle. Some units come with a food safe hygienic probe which can be inserted into food to test for internal temperature. Probes attached to blast freezers include a heating element to allow easy removal from frozen food.
Automatic Holding Mode : Once the food has reached the required temperature, the blast chiller or freezer effectively becomes a static refrigerator or freezer for as long as required. It is therefore not necessary to empty the unit immediately the chill/freezer cycle is complete and creates extra storage.
Hygiene and Safety : Good quality blast chillers and freezers have been designed with safety and hygiene in mind. Surfaces are made from stainless steel grade AISI304 which is easy to clean, rustproof and prevents pitting. The control units can include alarm functions and allow progress of a chill/freeze cycle to be monitored visually.