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Tips for Choosing the Right Commercial Freezer to Fit Your Needs

Monday, 4 November 2019 12:22:28 pm Australia/Sydney

The demand for commercial refrigeration equipment will experience an increase of 4.5% per year through the year 2022. The primary reason for this rising demand is the fast expansion of the foodservice and food retail market.

But what do operators of restaurants, grocery stores, supermarkets, and other businesses involving food storage and production look for in a commercial freezer? The top requirement is a fridge with the ability to preserve food and guarantee the safety of customers.

The great news is there’s a wide range of commercial freezers that provide efficient ways to freeze items. But how do you go about purchasing a freezer that’s a perfect match for your specific needs? We’ve made the job easy for you.

Tips for Choosing Commercial Freezer

In this article, we'll give you several smart tips for choosing the best commercial freezer for your restaurant.

 

Assess Your Storage Needs

How much refrigeration space do you have? The amount of room in your commercial space is a huge determinant of the type and size of the restaurant equipment you choose.

For businesses with a limited floor area, it’s best to make use of the vertical space by buying an upright freezer. This way, you can maximize the amount of stock you can display or store. If, on the other hand, you have ample floor space, then you have more options when it comes to the size and kind of freezer you can choose.

Of course, it’s always a good idea to install extra cold storage that you may require as your business expands.

 

Decide on the Type of Commercial Freezer You Need

Now that you know how much commercial space you have, it’s time to pick a specific type of freezer. The most common examples of freezers in the market include:

  • Reach-in commercial refrigerators – these have shallow shelves that allow you to grab items easily. They're typically upright and have one to four doors.
  • Worktop commercial refrigerators – these refrigerators feature a workspace across the top in addition to underneath refrigeration storage. They're essential for the prep line.
  • Roll-in commercial refrigerators – these units feature no interior shelving. They sit directly on the floor and have a minimal cabinet floor, allowing racks on castors to roll directly into the cabinet.
  • Walk-in commercial refrigerators – they're ideal for storing large quantities of food items. They let you move around in the refrigeration space freely and have easily accessible shelves.

So which of these four kinds of commercial refrigeration do you think is best for you?

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Consider the Door Configuration

Freezer doors can either be solid or glass. Both types come in full or half heights. How do you determine the best door configuration for your freezer?

Look at the pros and cons. For instance, solid doors feature better insulation. They're much easier to clean compared to their glass counterparts.

Glass doors allow your customers and staff to see the contents of the restaurant freezer easily, eliminating the need to open and close the unit unnecessarily.

Freezers with half-height doors are usually more energy-efficient. Those with full height doors tend to have more storage space.

 

Opt For Energy-Efficient Freezers

How much do you currently spend on energy bills? At a time when electricity prices are rising, an energy-efficient refrigeration system is a requirement for any business.

Energy consumption can significantly differ from freezer to freezer. Sure, most energy-efficient models tend to cost more than the other models, but the energy savings can add up with time. Moreover, many energy-efficient commercial refrigeration systems qualify for tax breaks.

 

Research the Freezer Brand

Why does a commercial freezer brand matter? The fact is, there are numerous freezer manufacturers out there, but not all are trustworthy. Focus only on the brands with an excellent reputation for producing top-quality products.

So what should you look for in a brand? First of all, check their warranty and service history. Leverage the highest quality for the best price.

If you can, go for commercial freezers with the Energy Star emblem, as these are up to 30% more energy efficient than their counterparts.

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Think About Reliability

When selecting a freezer for your business, reliability is key. The freezer needs to be able to keep food items cold 24 hours a day.

Commercial freezers that experience frequent failures can prove extremely costly as a result of spoilt stock and disappointed customers. Veer away from models with a reputation for unreliability, especially those with suspiciously low prices.

Of course, even the most reliable freezers require regular maintenance and occasional repairs. To minimise any risks, keep the contact details of a trustworthy repair and maintenance technician on hand.

 

Consider Functionality

How easy is it for your staff and customers to use the commercial freezer you're considering? Customers like freezers they can easily open and close. They need to be able to access any products with ease.

As for you and your employees, the freezer needs to have units that are easy to pack, unpack, and clean. The temperature controls of the system should be easy to access and operate.

 

Know About the Freezer’s Power System

The majority of commercial freezers use 115-volt power systems when freezing food items. Others use up to 230 volts for the same purpose. Why should you understand what power system a freezer uses?

Well, it's essential to choose a freezer that can provide enough power to keep all of your food items cold efficiently. If the freezer system you select cannot do so, you risk major losses in terms of spoilt stock.

 

Buy the Right Commercial Freezer Today

Finding the right commercial freezer is a major step when you’re setting up a food business or replacing your current refrigeration system. There are many factors that you need to consider as you go about deciding what type, size, and model of unit to buy. Paying careful attention to all of these factors can put you on the right path to making the right decision.

Are you in the market for a commercial refrigeration system for your business? We have a large variety of top-notch commercial freezers you can choose from. Contact us today or visit our website for more details.

 

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The Top 10 Commercial Kitchen Trends of 2019

Monday, 28 October 2019 10:10:37 am Australia/Sydney

Australia's food service market is expecting to reach USD 80.7 billion by 2024!

Not only is it growing, but the food service industry is ever-changing.

As a restaurant owner, you have to keep up with the demands of customers, but you must also pay attention to kitchen trends to stay ahead of your competition.

Many commercial kitchen trends are driven by food or diet trends, so pay attention so that you can recognize fads versus phenomenons. Keep reading for an overview of the top 10 commercial kitchen trends of 2019.

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1. Dealing with Waste in a Sustainable Way

Around the world, reducing food waste has been a concern for some time. Ever since Silo in Brighton Britain declared itself a"zero waste restaurant," others have been racing to follow suit.

Silo's Birtha, an aerobic digester, can condense 60 kilos of wasted food into compost in only 24 hours. Birtha digests eggshells, vegetable and fruit peelings, and even bones.

This year, restaurants are beginning to take action to demonstrate to loyal customers that they're being waste-conscious. They know that if they fail to do this, customers may go elsewhere over environmental concerns.

2. Enabling Allergy-Friendly Food Preparation

Food allergy safety is now a significant focus in the food service industry. Customers with food allergies are turning towards restaurants they trust to keep them safe.

That means commercial kitchens must be equipped to handle multiple food allergies to operate efficiently. Cross-contamination is a big issue, so numerous surfaces that can be cleaned quickly are a must. There also needs to be a staging area reserved only for allergy-friendly dishes.

3. Using Less Energy

Commercial kitchens use a lot of energy, and new technology is aimed at reducing energy consumption. Reducing our carbon footprint is good for the environment, but it also saves restaurant owners in energy costs.

More and more new equipment is being marketed as energy efficient. This year, expect to see commercial kitchens adopting warewashers and other appliances that use up to 50 percent less industry compared to older models.

4. Showing off Equipment That Delivers Style

With more restaurants offering chef tables, the "back of the house" isn't under wraps anymore. Diners want to feel like they're apart of the experience.

Showcasing your kitchen means you have to have equipment that delivers style in addition to delicious food.

One trend you should expect to see more of this year is visually appealing cooking equipment. This means ovens, fryers, and refrigerators in bright colours and unique finishes. Some of these designs will also incorporate touchscreens instead of traditional buttons and knobs.

5. Choosing Appliances That Boost Efficiency

Top restaurants are introducing appliances that boost efficiency and reduce labour.

This trend has come about because today's kitchens are shrinking. The restaurant experience is more intimate than ever before, so it makes sense that restaurants are paring down. In order to fit in the space, equipment must run smarter, smaller, and more manageable.

Equipment that consists of easy-to-learn technology and training is on-trend in 2019.

6. Introducing Multitap Water Dispensers

Multitab water dispensers are taking the food service industry by storm.

These devices allow restaurants to offer sparkling and tap water, as well as a variety of syrups and flavours. This water is delivered at various temperatures.

Multitap water dispensers are making water profitable again, and this is intriguing to most restaurant owners looking to gain revenue.

7. Switching to Automated Technology

Just like they do in every other industry, diners expect personalized, convenient service.

More and more restaurants are installing kiosks and touchscreens. Artificial intelligence (AI) is now a way of taking orders from various platforms or tableside. Guests want the ability to order and pay without interacting with servers.

Restaurants can gain a lot from this technology. As well as keeping the customers happy, automated technology allows restaurants to collect data on those dining in those establishments. With this data, they will create targeted marketing campaigns to keep their diners coming back for more.

8. Moving Towards Mobile Equipment

Don't like the layout of your commercial kitchen? 2019 says to switch it up. And then do it again.

The industry has seen a move towards flexible, movable equipment solutions. This way, your kitchen can adapt to menu changes and emerging cooking methods.

9. Incorporating Nitro Equipment

Nitrogen gas has long been associated with the food service industry, but its use in coffee beverages has increased over the past year.

While nitro equipment is familiar to the bar industry, it's just now breaking into restaurants and cafes. Nitro is currently making its way into specialty coffee drinks and desserts.

New equipment is emerging to produce smaller systems used to create nitrogenated beverages. These are easily implemented into commercial kitchens looking for an edge.

10. Using Bluetooth to Control Equipment

Bluetooth has worked itself into every other facet of our lives, why wouldn't it end up in our kitchens?

This next-level equipment gives restaurant owners the ability to synchronize activity between appliances. This technology is used in thermometers, ovens, ice machines, commercial refrigerators, and more.

Not only does this increase efficiency, but it makes cooking more accurate. It can also warn you or a vendor of equipment malfunction, saving you time and money in the long run.

Time to Update Your Commercial Kitchen?

Kitchen equipment is continually evolving, and because of this, so will your commercial kitchen design.

If you're a restaurant owner, you want to remain relevant to keep your customers happy. The best way to do this is to recognize new commercial kitchen trends as they occur.

We try to stay ahead of the next big thing in the foodservice industry, so visit our website to check out our new arrivals today!

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What Are the Benefits of Stainless Steel Cookware?

Monday, 30 September 2019 11:44:45 am Australia/Sydney

Unlike many other cookware fads, stainless steel kitchenware entered the culinary world and took first place. From then on, it has dominated the market and is not set to go anywhere soon. 

But what is it about stainless steel that makes it such a robust, long-wearing product, perfectly suited to the culinary world? Learn more about the benefits of stainless steel in this blog.

Benefits of Stainless Steel Cookware in Commercial Kitchen

What is Stainless Steel?

Here's a little bit of basic science for you:

Stainless steel does exactly what it says on the tin — it's a hardy form of steel that does not rust or stain over time. It's also a generic term which groups a variety of different steel types under one umbrella. 

Stainless steel, like every other kind of metal, is made from iron and carbon. But what sets stainless steel apart from the rest is its chromium and nickel alloying elements. These are the elements which create a corrosion-free product. 

Steel tends to corrode over time because iron, its primary element, reacts with the elements found in nature, namely oxygen.

However, when iron is manipulated with chromium, this creates chromium oxide. This acts as a protective surface which prevents stainless steel from rusting and deteriorating.

Benefits of Stainless Steel Cookware 

In today's world, stainless steel is still considered the best when it comes to long-lasting kitchen utensils and cookware. 

Used in both professional kitchens and households across the world, stainless steel is a product well worth the investment. Here are the undeniable benefits: 

1. Highly Durable 

Did you know that some forms of stainless steel are basically indestructible? The higher the quality of stainless steel in terms of multi-ply manufacturing, the longer it will last.

Unlike the chip coating of ''nonstick'' cookware or stain and rust issues of both enameled and cast-iron kitchenware, stainless steel is your go-to. Your stainless steel cookware will last you decades, and can even be passed down from one generation to the next. 

Stainless Steel Stockpot Quality 5 Layers2. Excellent Cooking Performance

Multi-ply stainless steel cookware offers brilliant cooking ability in terms of heat absorption and heat distribution.

This means that you shouldn't have any issues cooking your meat at an uneven temperature and serving raw food in a restaurant!

Cooking with stainless steel makes for a more professionally produced product that customers expect when paying for food. 

3. Quick and Easy to Clean 

With it's non-porous, smooth surfacing, stainless steel cookware is an easy product to clean. Stainless steel is hardy enough that you can scrub away stains and debris, but keep in mind that rough sponges will leave scratches behind. 

Stainless steel pots, pans, and utensils can be soaked and thrown in the dishwasher time and time again without damage to the robust coating. This also makes for a very hygienic product. 

4. Requires Very Little Maintenance 

Stainless steel is one of those products that actually requires very little TLC over its lifetime. In fact, there really are no special cleaning or maintenance requirements for this type of cookware. On a rare occasion, you may need the right solution to help lift stubborn scorches. 

But all-in-all, stainless steel simply needs to be washed with soap, dried, and stored in order to last you a lifetime! 

5. Non-Reactive to Certain Foods 

Unlike other types of metals, stainless steel does not react to certain types of foods that are high in acids.

This means you can cook highly acidic types of recipes, such as tomato sauces and fish dishes without the risk of chemicals leaching off into your food. 

6. Lightweight and Easy to Store 

Ever tried to lift a cast-iron skillet with just one hand? Goodluck. Unlike other types of cookware, stainless steel is not weighed down and cumbersome to cook with, maneuver or store in your cupboards. 

The average weight of a stainless steel tri-ply skillet is about three pounds, which makes for far more efficient cooking on a whole. 

7. Polished, Shiny and Modern 

No matter your preferred kitchen style, stainless steel cookware will always blend in well with its polished, shiny appearance. 

In short, stainless steel just looks good. The material does not scratch, dent or fade easily and complements any home or professional kitchen for a good number of years. 

Stainless Steel Saucepan Quality 48. Highly Affordable 

As mentioned earlier, stainless steel cookware is well worth the investment based on how much use and life it offers over the years.

Price ranges for stainless steel cookware range from budget to high-end. But generally the middle-ground, affordable rates offer a decent product which could last you a decade, if not more.

9. Recyclable Material 

If you are a little more conscious about the environment and how you spend your money, you'll be happy to know that stainless steel is completely recyclable.

If you're looking to update your cookware, there's no need to feel guilt over discarding old and used stainless steel. It can be melted down and salvaged for other means!  

If you're looking to keep your stainless steel cookware in tip-top condition so it can last you a lifetime, here are a few care tips: 

  • Make sure to wash your pots and pans after every use in order to avoid the build-up of stains and scorches over time.
  • In order to maintain a beautiful, shiny finish, polish the outside of your cookware with a little baking soda and a synthetic scouring pad.
  • Remove hardy debris with a soap and steel wool, otherwise, soak overnight and then wash with soap.    

Overall, choosing to purchase stainless steel cookware could be one of the best investments you ever make for your home or commercial kitchen. 

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With the above benefits of stainless steel in mind, be sure to check out our vast range of stainless steel hospitality equipment- perfect for your business. 

Ranging from catering equipment, refrigeration, commercial furniture, stainless steel, and storage, we're you're commercial kitchen go-to. 

Browse our new arrivals here

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9 Essential Tips to Running a Successful Catering Business

Thursday, 19 September 2019 1:58:52 pm Australia/Sydney

Are you considering starting your own catering business? 

Many food lovers transition from working in a restaurant to working for a catering business. In working for a catering business, you can continue to toast to your love for food but with a few added perks. Not only does a catering business often allow for better hours, but it can also be more financially stable and financially rewarding. 

If you've always dreamt of having a catering business but don't know where to start, you're going to want to read this. We're uncovering our nine essential tips for how to run a successful catering business. 

Let's get started!

How to Run a Successful Catering Business?

1. Start with the Best Equipment 

First and foremost, it's essential to ensure that you have high-quality catering equipment

If you're serious about running a catering business, you have to be working with the best equipment. After all, a chef is only as good as his or her kitchen. 

Remember, this doesn't mean that you have to own all of this equipment outright. Instead, you can look into renting certain kitchen equipment as well. 

2. Discover Your Dream Kitchen

Next, it's time to locate where you're going to be spending all of your time creating: your new kitchen! 

While some caterers successfully operate out of their own kitchen, this isn't the case for all. This is especially if your company has a number of employees who require more physical space to work. 

In this event, it's best to look into renting a commercial catering kitchen. This way, you can ensure that you will be equipped with everything that you need to run your business.

You can also rest assured that these kitchens have some of the best equipment. This is anything from cooking equipment and storage to refrigeration and freezing equipment. Most commercial kitchens will allow you to rent out by the hour or by the day. 

3. Be Active on Social Media   

As with any business today, it's incredibly important to be active on social media. 

This means have a dedicated Facebook page as well as a dedicated Instagram page for your business. Once you have created your profiles, don't be shy in inviting anyone and everyone to "like" your page or to connect. 

Remember, this is where you are going to get plenty of organic leads. This can be as simple as someone stumbling upon your page, choosing to follow you and eventually hiring your services. 

Fortunately, Facebook and Instagram make it incredibly easy for your followers to connect with you. In one simple click, your follows can choose to message you and open the line of communication. 

4. Build a Website 

Sure, social media profiles are likely to generate more traffic than a company website. 

However, it's still absolutely essential for each and every business to have a dedicated website. While consumers love to peruse social media profiles for photos and videos, it's generally the website that is used as a more concrete informational source.

For example, if a consumer is looking to find a menu, prices or availability for a caterer, they are more likely to search for this information on the company website. 

5. Generate Testimonials  

In today's day and age, we are living in a world that is consumed by online testimonials. 

The fact of the matter is this: consumers look to generate trust in a business through their past reviews. In fact, 90 percent of consumers read online reviews before utilizing or visiting a business. 

When a consumer reads a series of positive reviews, this consumer is able to feel more comfortable in putting their trust into your business. With this, the thought of hiring a company in which they have never utilized before is suddenly less intimidating.  

Do your absolute best to generate a series of testimonials. You can even offer your consumers an incentive to post their opinion online. If one of your clients is happy with your services, they're not going to mind taking a few extra minutes to document their experience. 

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6. Obtain Insurance

As with any business, you have to ensure that you have the correct insurance. 

While this insurance may feel like a financial burden, it's going to provide you with the peace of mind that you need. It also means that in the event of anything unfavorable happening, you're equipped with the right insurance to handle these situations. 

This means that you have certain financial protections against faults that may happen to yourself, your employees or even your clients. 

7. Network with Event Planners

If you're operating your own catering business, networking is an essential part of the business. 

After all, this is where you're going to be putting your name out there and interacting with likeminded people. Let's consider that approximately 70 percent of not actually listed for hire online. This means that connecting with others face-to-face is absolutely essential to learning about potential opportunities. 

You're especially going to want to direct your attention to event planners. Remember, these people are constantly running a number of events from weddings and parties to corporate functions and sport's events. As such, you can rest assured that they're always interested in connecting with those in the food industry. 

8. Join a Catering Association

If you live in a big city, there are going to be a large number of catering associations present in your area. 

In joining these associations, you're automatically expanding your network of potential clients. It also allows you to connect with other likeminded people and become aware of community events that may be in need of your services. 

Even if you live in a small town or a rural area, you can search for local catering associations online. 

9. Ask For Business

At the end of the day, you have to become comfortable in asking for business. 

This includes both friends and family as well as strangers. Remember, if you don't ask for someone's business, they may be unaware that you're available to help. Far too often, people are afraid to hire family and friends because they don't want to trouble that person. 

If you're worried that you're going to appear too forward, there are certain ways to make your approach more friendly and casual. One of the most simple means of doing so is to make your immediate network aware that you're always looking for more business and happy to offer a "friends and family" rate. 

How to Start a Successful Catering Business 

There's no denying that operating a successful catering business isn't exactly a walk in the park.

But, with the right tips and tricks, you're all the more likely to find success and happiness in your business. This is anything from creating a website and generating testimonials to joining an association and asking your network for business. 

So, if you're interested in starting a catering business, be sure to allow this guide to help you. If you're in need of some serious catering kitchen inspiration, be sure to browse our new arrivals!

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Keeping the Kitchen Moving: 6 Tips for Maintaining Restaurant Kitchen Equipment

Monday, 26 August 2019 10:24:10 am Australia/Sydney

There are no two ways about it: furnishing a commercial kitchen is an expensive endeavour. That makes it all the more heartbreaking when you need to put even more money into repairing or replacing equipment that breaks down.

What if we told you that you'd save money over time by adding a few rituals to your routine? Hold onto your hat because that's what we're saying.

Keep your kitchen running a break-neck speed with these restaurant kitchen equipment maintenance tips.

Tips for Maintaining Commercial Kitchen

 

1. Don't Blow a Gasket

Most restaurant owners and managers are intimidated by the idea of managing kitchen equipment. They see intricate mechanics and think they have no idea how the equipment works.

In reality, sometimes the simplest parts of your equipment are the parts that are most important. Case in point: the gaskets in commercial refrigerators and freezers.

The gaskets are the rubber seals that line the edges of the door and the inside of your fridge or freezer. When those gaskets get worn or develop holes or slits, it prevents them from keeping the cold air in. That means your equipment has to work harder to maintain the set temperature, leaving it prone to a breakdown.

Grease, dirt, and debris can all wear your gaskets for quickly. To prevent damage, wipe down your gaskets every week or so. When you do, check for any cuts or other damage to the gaskets.

You can do this with a quick visual look. You can also hold your hand around the edge of the refrigerator door to see if you feel any cold air escaping.

 

2. Have a Boil Schedule

Unless you're a health food restaurant, chances are you have a deep fryer. One of the most important things you can do for your fryer is a full clean-out, known as a boil out.

To boil out your fryer, you'll drain the oil and scrape off as much debris and buildup off the inner sides of the fryer as possible.

Then you'll fill it with a mixture of water and detergent and boil the water. This dislodges more buildup from the sides of the fryer.

Finally, drain the water and do one last scrub before refilling it with fresh oil.

You'll want to do these cleanings at least every three months. If you're a high volume restaurant and you notice buildup sooner, you should boil out the fryer more often.

Keeping the fryer clean prevents the gunk from getting into areas it shouldn't and causing maintenance problems. It also gives your fried foods a better, more consistent taste.

 

Cleaning Your Commercial Kitchen3. Keep an Eye on Your Grease Filters

Your fryer isn't the only place you need to beware of grease. You should also have a grease filter in the hood above your grills, burners, and other cooking surfaces.

Those grease filters grab grease in the air that evaporates from the food you're cooking. If the filter gets too full, it blocks air from getting through into the hood. The result is a smoky and uncomfortable kitchen.

Make a point to check your filter every week or so to see how full it is. When you see more than a little buildup, it's time for a replacement.

 

4. Check for Gas Leaks

Chances are that at last some of your kitchen appliances run on natural gas. As great as gas is for cooking, it means you always need to be on the lookout for a leak.

There's an easy test you can do to check for a leak. Fill a spray bottle with soapy water and spray it on the gas lines in any gas-powered appliances. If a bubble forms, it means there's a leak and you need emergency service.

Do this test every few weeks to make sure everything is safe. However, if you ever smell gas, you need to call your gas company right away even if you don't see bubbles.

 

5. Keep It Coil

When it comes to keeping your freezers and refrigerators in working order, the condenser coils and evaporator coils are key.

These coils have a tendency to get dusty. When there's too much dust, though, those coils can develop problems.

The solution is to clean your condenser coil and evaporator coil on each fridge or freezer. All you need is a vacuum, a brush, and a few minutes of your time.

It's best to do this every three months. If you notice a lot of dust buildup on the grill under your refrigerator, though, it may mean it's time for another cleaning.

 

6. Track Your Temps

Everyone who works in a kitchen knows the importance of accurate temperatures. The right temperature in your freezers and refrigerators will keep food safe. The right temperatures in your ovens will make sure food cooks the way it should.

Most restaurant kitchen equipment has a built-in thermometer for convenience. Don't take that reading at its word, though.

For your refrigeration equipment, measure the temperatures manually every day. Compare these to the reading on the equipment itself and record it each day.

This allows you to notice trends. If your commercial freezer or refrigerator is getting warmer little by little, it may point to a building problem. This lets you call someone for service before the appliance breaks down entirely.

Your oven isn't as crucial, but you should take the temperature every week or two. If you notice that it differs from the oven's own temperature reading, it's time to calibrate the thermometer.

 

Making Your Restaurant Kitchen Equipment Last

As you'll notice, most of the tips above involve simple additions to your regular cleaning routine. They don't take much time but they can save you thousands in the long run.

The most important thing you need to do is to have and maintain a regular cleaning schedule. You'd be surprised how often a manager assumes their chef oversees the kitchen maintenance and the chef assumes the opposite.

Come up with a written cleaning and maintenance schedule for your restaurant kitchen equipment. Make sure your staff knows who's responsible for it and tracks their tasks each day.

To start fresh with new equipment for your kitchen, check out our latest commercial kitchen appliances today.

 

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7 Tips For Purchasing the Best Commercial Refrigerator

Friday, 16 August 2019 12:23:25 pm Australia/Sydney

With all the manufacturers and options available, choosing a new refrigerator can seem like a daunting task. This decision is further complicated when purchasing a refrigerator for a professional kitchen or catering business. For more info to help you make up your mind, check out our guide to learn seven tips for buying the best commercial refrigerator available.

 

7 Tips For Purchasing commercial refrigeration

1. The Best Commercial Refrigerators Will Have Recessed Handles

While this may seem like a minor issue, choosing a refrigerator with recessed door handles makes quite a difference. If you were thinking of buying a fridge with a barred door handle, think again.

Consider how many times per day you and your staff will need to open and close the refrigerator. Barred handles are prone to loosening or breaking off with repeated use. You could need to repair your commercial refrigerator much sooner than you think.

Recessed Door handles will not break because they are incorporated right into the refrigerator door itself. They also help ensure you have an ergonomic way to open and close the door while helping to avoid accumulating dust and dirt.

 

2. Make Sure That the Warranty Has You Covered

Even with the most reliable brand of refrigerator, you will need to have your unit repaired or service eventually. If and when you need to call in the professionals, you should make sure that your warranty will provide swift service and no additional costs.

You need to make sure that any repairs will be covered and taken care of by professionals. To ensure good results, you should make sure to check what each manufacturer's warrant will cover and for how long. Thankfully, the commercial refrigerator industry provides some of the best warranties available, including parts and labor with up to three years of coverage.

Reputable manufacturers also have large networks of skilled workers. These repair professionals will get your commercial refrigerator up and running as soon as possible.

 

3. Look for a Bottom Mount Condenser Unit

If you are looking to buy the best commercial refrigerator, you want to make sure that you are getting your money's worth. Your refrigerator should be as ergonomic as possible for you and your employee's needs. With that in mind, you should consider purchasing a unit with a bottom mount condensing unit, rail mounted for your convenience.

Having your condenser unit mounted on the bottom will make cleaning and maintenance much easier. No one will have to climb a ladder and put themselves at risk.

Additionally, bottom mounted condensers will give you extra storage space on top of the refrigerator. This is very useful in a cramped kitchen.

 

4. Heavy Duty Foam-In-Place Insulation Is a Must

While this feature is not visible to the naked eye, you should buy a fridge with high-quality foam insulation. Doing so will make a massive difference in food storage and quality.

For clarification, Foam-In-Place means that the refrigerator's insulation has been sprayed into the sides and doors from top to bottom. Spray foaming a refrigerator creates a complete seal for the whole unit. This technique creates greater energy efficiency and keeps food fresh for longer periods.

Cheaper refrigerators rely on solid blocks of foam which are cut and fit into the unit. The seal created is not airtight and will cause a higher electricity bill for your kitchen.

When you buy a commercial refrigerator, make sure that that the foam is a premium brand of insulation, such as Ecomate. You should also check that the thickness of the foam is at least two inches for the greatest efficiency.

 

5. Buy a Commercial Refrigerator That Is Completely Stainless Steel

Regardless of the food business, you are buying your commercial refrigerator for, you should be aware of the phrase, "You get what you pay for." One of your first concerns should be that your refrigerator is only as good as the materials that make up its construction. For this reason, you should consider only buying a commercial refrigerator that uses stainless steel for everything.

Plastic interiors are the cheapest and most common option, but plastic can crack and break within a couple of years. Providing a midpoint in price between plastic and steel, aluminum is far less strong or durable than stainless steel.

Aluminum is also far easier to scratch than stainless steel. This makes your commercial refrigerator less sanitary and much harder to clean.

Any money that you may save by compromising on aluminum or plastic will go towards repairs and maintenance. This will cost you more money in the long run.
Stainless steel is by far the best material for your commercial refrigerator. To make sure that your money isn't wasted, look for a thick gage refrigerator that is stainless steel from top to bottom.

 

6. Buy a Commercial Refrigerator with a Digital Temperature Control Unit

When working with foodstuffs that are prone to spoiling, it can be difficult to ensure that your commercial refrigerator is keeping everything at the correct temperature. With a digital temperature control unit, you can ensure that you have complete control over your whole refrigerator.

With a digital display and the ability to control the temperature in single degree increments, you can rest assured that your food will be properly stored at all times. You won't have to worry or guess what your refrigerator's temperature settings are set at, allowing you to store your food with the greatest efficiency.

 

7. Welded Corners and Standard Necessary Features

One of the best signs of a high-quality commercial refrigerator is whether your stainless steel fridge has welded corners. Refrigerator corners are where your clothes will get caught, where dust will collect and where wear and are often the weakest part of the unit. When you see a commercial refrigerator without welded corners, you should consider not purchasing it.

You should also make sure that your refrigerator has interior lighting, wheeled castors for easy movement and can be locked for security purposes. If the model you're looking at doesn't include these standard commercial features, avoid it and move on.

 

Buying The Best Commercial Refrigerator Is Easier Than You Think

Picking the right unit can be difficult with the sheer number of commercial refrigerators available on the market. With our seven helpful tips, buying your next commercial refrigerator will be a walk in the park.

To get the best deal, check out our showroom clearance sale today!

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Spring is fast approaching, and that means the next several months will be packed with events and get-togethers.

Each year, there are a total of around 113,000 weddings across the country. This doesn't include the countless other catered events from company picnics to family reunions.

That sounds like a great business opportunity to us!

Whether you're new to the catering business or you're trying to take your professionalism to the next level, step one is investing in equipment. Here's your catering equipment checklist to help you get started.

Catered Events

 

Essential Catering Equipment Checklist

Before you start making a shopping list for your catering equipment, think about your local venues and your business model.

Do you plan to cook everything in your own kitchen and transport it to each venue? What local venues are you most likely to be catering in and do many of them have full kitchens?

This will give you insight into what you have available already and what you need to buy. In any cases, these are the items you're likely to need.

 

1. Chafing Dishes

Chafing DishesChafing dishes are large serving dishes that have a heater below them to keep food warm. You'll most often see them in buffet serving lines.

Even for seated service, chafing dishes are essential. It takes time to dish up food for dozens or hundreds of people. Chafing dishes will keep the food warm during that process.

Don't forget to stock up on extra fuel cells for heating the chafing dishes. Always assume the fuel cells will last for less time than they promise on the packaging. While you're at it, bring a few extra lighters to light the fuel cells in case you lose one.

 

2. Table Settings for Each Course

Every catering job and client arrangement is unique. In many cases, though, the client will expect you to supply everything the meal requires, including table settings.

As you plan the menu, determine how many dishes you need for each course. In most cases, you'll need a salad bowl, a plate for the entree, and a small plate for dessert.

Remember all the smaller items that go with these courses, too. For instance, you may need serving boats for salad dressing. You also need to ensure that you bring the right flatware for each course, including salad forks and dessert pieces.

Don't forget the glassware as well. You're likely to need water goblets and coffee mugs at the minimum. If you offer wine, don't forget wine glasses.

You don't need to shell out the cash for all the table setting pieces you could ever need at the beginning. You can buy what you need for your first job and then supplement for future jobs as necessary.

 

3. Serving Items

You have everything the guests will need to dine and everything you'll need to store the food. Don't miss the middle stage: getting the food from your chafing dishes to their plates.

On top of a variety of serving utensils and tongs, stock up on serving trays. Have plenty of pitchers for serving beverages, including insulated pitchers for coffee.

It's possible that you may need bussing tubs to clear the tables. However, you wouldn't want to use tubs for classier events, so you can wait to buy them until you have an event that warrants them.

 

4. Commercial Coffee Maker

Commercial Coffee MachinesCoffee is popular at any type of catered function, whether it's brunch or dinner. Make sure you can serve as many guests as possible with a commercial coffee maker that brews large batches.

In most cases, you'll want to offer regular and decaf coffee. To make sure you can brew both at the same time, get two coffee makers or a coffee maker that can brew two pots at a time.

 

5. Clean-Up Items

You have everything you need to serve the meal you're catering, but what about cleaning up?

As a business owner, you want to maintain good relationships with the event venues in your local area, with the hopes that they'll recommend you to their customers. That starts with leaving their kitchens as clean as you found them.

Bring plenty of rags to wipe up spills throughout the event. Bring plenty of garbage bags, including one for dirty rags.

You should also have a broom and mop available. Most venues will have these, but not all will, and you don't want to be in a bind.

No matter what you're serving, you're likely to have leftovers. Plan ahead for how you're going to store the leftovers and give them to your customer.

 

6. Carving Station Supplies

Carving stations are long-time favorites, and you can bet that your customers will request them. Have everything you need in advance so you can handle last-minute events.

At a minimum, you'll need a cutting board, a knife, and a serving fork for your carving station. Most caterers use heat lamps as well to maintain the advantage of meat served fresh and hot.

It's a good idea to have a few additional cutting boards and sets of carving utensils. Some clients will ask for carving stations with multiple types of meat and you want to be prepared.

 

7. Sanitary Supplies

Catering an event is just like running a restaurant in terms of keeping your food service sanitary. The last thing you want to do is prepare a delicious dinner and then end up with a hair in the food.

You'll need rubber gloves for all your staff who is handling the food. For classier affairs, your servers can wear cloth gloves instead.

Don't forget hair nets for anyone who handles the food, too.

 

Hitting the Ground Running

Starting or improving a business is always a thrill, and you want to jump in with both feet. Before you can do that, though, you need to build your stock of supplies.

The catering equipment checklist above will get you started and allow you to begin taking jobs in a heartbeat.

If you're ready to get started, shop for catering equipment with us online.

 

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The Top Ways You Can Save On The Equipment You Need

Thursday, 11 July 2019 2:45:50 pm Australia/Sydney

Starting a business can be expensive!

 

There is a lot you will need to invest in before the dollars start rolling in to cover those costs. So, how can you make your money work for you?

 

When it comes to sourcing the equipment you need there are a few things that you can do to save some pennies.

 

Save On The Equipment You Need

 

The first is to only buy the things that you need to get you operational, then you can shop the specials to see if any of your essentials are on sale, and finally, you can join the FED Products Loyalty Programme where you will instantly make back 5% on your purchases.

 

Let’s look into all these points in greater detail.

 

 

Only Buy What You Need

 

It can be very tempting to rush out and buy everything under the sun that you could possibly need when starting a business. Unfortunately, that kind of spending requires a champagne budget, when in reality, you probably only have a beer budget as a startup.

 

Instead of jumping in guns blazing and credit card waving, try and be sensible about your purchases. Before you hit the shops, make a list of the essentials you need to get your business running.

 

For example, if you are starting a cafe then a coffee machine is going to be an essential purchase. However, you could probably skip the linen napkins monogrammed with your logo for now! Start with the basics and build upwards from there. You don’t want to blow your budget before you have even begun.

 

Sometimes it can be hard to know exactly what you need for a new business. If you are unsure, then come and speak to one of our expert sales team. We have masses of experience and will be happy to share our recommendations on the essentials you will need to build a successful business from the start.

 

 

 

Shop The Specials

 

Often you can find great deals on essential items by shopping the things that are on sale. Just because an item has been marked down does not mean that it is poor quality. Businesses create sales for a number of reasons. The main ones are to clear existing stock to make way for other variations, to sell the last couple of items left in a certain size or colour, or simply because they don’t want to have to count it at stocktake time!

 

This is amazing news for budding and existing businesses. You can pick up great deals on high-quality items that will help you to preserve your budget. We always recommend any of the sale stock at FED Products. It will definitely do the job you need it to, and do it well.

 

Check out our End of Financial Year Sales items here!

 

Check out factory 2nds here.

 

 

If you are starting a new business or updating the equipment in your existing business then FED Products can help you to minimise your spend.

 

Get in touch with us today!

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Commercial Juicer Explained

Tuesday, 28 May 2019 9:21:21 am Australia/Sydney

When it comes to creating the freshest and ripest fruit and vegetable juices and smoothies, many rely on a commercial juicer. Juicer machines are most commonly seen within health food stores, bars and cafes and are always a highly popular choice for customers due to their fresh and yummy taste, combined with the essential health benefits of fruit and vegetables in a drinkable form.

Juicers differ from many similar appliances, like blenders, as they separate the juice from the pulp instead of mixing ingredients together. Asides from health food drinks juicers can also be used to create cocktails in bars and night clubs, adding even further versatility, but with so many types of different juicer units available, we here at Federal Hospitality Equipment have broken down the main types of juicers and the benefits of each.

Commercial Juicer

CITRUS JUICER / ORANGE JUICER

These types of juicer machines feature a powerful motor with a fast juice extracting rate. Juice is squeezed from your fruit and then rapidly channelled into a glass or jug. Citrus machines are highly efficient and save you both time and labour through their fast production and process.

Many citrus juices can also be referred to as orange juicers or orange juice machines, as they are the most common type to produce orange juice and other citrus-oriented fruits as well like grapefruit, lemons and limes, hence the name.

 

CENTRIFUGAL JUICER

Centrifugal juicers utilise high speed, spinning blades and force to separate the juice from the pulp. The juice and pulp are sometimes even further separated into different juicer storage containers.

These units are very easy to clean and feature simple operations and controls, so any of the staff within your bar, club or café can use these appliances.

Centrifugal units can fit whole items and foods for extraction and are easily the fastest juice producing machines on this list. The downside to these types of juicers, however, is that during this fast process they often lose nutrients during extraction, they can also generate a lot of unnecessary loud noise and heat.

 

MASTICATING JUICER /COLD PRESS

A masticating juicer, or a commercial cold press juicer, uses a slow-moving drill/corkscrew to crush the juice from your fruit and veg. Masticating juicers are by far the slowest juicers on this list, as they feature a slower motor and generate less heat during extraction.

These juicers are much more beneficial in other ways, in that they provide an alternate option to those who preferred slow juicers for their superior extraction.

Masticating provide more nutrients for your smoothies and juices, more juice (up to 35% more in comparison to your centrifugal models, especially with vegetables), more colour, less noise and less foam, but may require more manual force and labour by contrast.

FED Commercial Juicer BlogMany cold press juicers are heavy duty made using stainless steel, meaning they often last the longest out of the three juicer types on this list.

 

You can narrow your selection down considering these factors as well: Commercial/Domestic (what is your chosen juicer more suited to?), Chute (is the chute of appropriate size?), Power (is time and speed a factor?), Lid (Does the unit have a top for safety and less spillage?) and noise (Will the juice irritate customers? Does it produce lots of noise?).

These are the three main types of commercial juicers currently available on the market, each one applying different benefits and suited within different kitchen environments and food establishments. Any of these juicers can be a highly efficient and rewarding appliance to own within your business.

 

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Ready to Start a Bakery Business?

Tuesday, 21 May 2019 2:03:57 pm Australia/Sydney

Bakeries are found across Australia, they are one of the most popular establishments for bread, pastries and other light meals. Bakeries allow you to express your culinary creativity and expertise, but operating one faces it own unique challenges in comparison to other businesses in the industry.

Here we analyse the different challenges involved with opening and operating your very own bakery and what kinds of bakery equipment you’ll need to operate.

 Start a Bakery Business with FED products

BAKERY TYPES

There are many different bakery types and the first step is to properly identify what kind of bakery you want to build from the ground up.

Retail bakeries are the most common type, they sell baked good directly to patrons and they can come in different forms. A bakery cafe is the most common retail type and offers small dining spaces for eating in and coffee/tea, counter service bakeries usually only have a front-of-house to serve directly and no dining areas, food trucks stock and sell bread and pastries through a mobile vehicle and a speciality bakery focusses on one type of baked good (wedding cake, cupcakes etc).

Wholesale bakeries, by comparison, stock and sell baked goods in larger venues like supermarkets and delis. They usually need to produce much higher quantities because of bigger demands in these larger establishments.

After identifying what type of bakery you want to operate its then time to move onto the usual business inception processes.

 

STARTING A BUSINESS PLAN, OBTAINING FUNDS and LEASING

Like starting up any other business, it’s important to begin with a business plan. A business plan will help set everything out from the executive summary to the company overview, market analysis, business offerings, management plans, marketing and financial projections.

Next step is to obtain funds for various expenses (leasing, operational costs, staff, management, stock, equipment etc) and finding a suitable facility to start your business. To generate this money, you’ll need to look at the different types of loans available and what one is best suited to help you get a foothold.

Finally, a location and appropriate place for your business is important. Consider key factors like your region’s demographic, the accessibility to your bakery, competition, distance to suppliers, size and space and health/safety regulations.

You’ll also need certain food, safety and handling licenses as well to operate. Many of the steps involved with acquiring these licenses can be found online.

EQUIPMENT One of the most significant points, if not the most important, is the commercial catering equipment you’ll need for your new bakery. Bakeries typically have their own specific equipment that’s needed to create the bread/pastries stocked and to display your meals, snacks and dishes.

 

OVEN

The first piece of equipment you should consider is a bakery oven. FED stocks a wide range of quality heavy duty ovens suited to bakeries, especially our combi or convection ovens, which can bake your goods or utilise dry heating for bread and pastries.

 

DISPLAY

FED Bakery Heated Display Next piece of equipment to consider is your display unit. Most bakeries have a display unit situated at the front of their store to showcase their freshly baked desserts and foods. Depending on what types of food you want to present can help solve what type of display unit to purchase. A chilled or cake display is ideal for light meals, sandwiches, breads and small cakes/desserts, while a hot food display or pie warmer is great for sausage rolls, pies and meat-based meals. Many bakeries will use both types, but the decision will rest on the owner/manager.

 

BREAD PROVER

Stainless steel retarder provers or bread provers are used for the final baking process. All bakeries utilise these machines to improve the fermentation process, help the dough rise and provides the optimal temperature and space for your mixture.

 

SLICER

Bread slicers are another unique accessory mostly used by bakeries. These tools slice up freshly backed loaves and bag the slices for purchase or use them for sandwiches and other meals.

 

DOUGH SHEETER

Dough sheeters are great for smoothing or creating lumps out of mixtures of dough for your pizzas, bread rolls and other bakery snacks. Many of these efficient tools come in both manual and electric options and are a convenient accessory for any bakery.

 

MIXER

Commercial mixers or spiral mixers are universally used by every bakery and designed to mix and combine your dough ingredients together. This is a must have item.

 

After purchasing this equipment you can then move your sights onto hiring and marketing your new bakery!

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