Walk-In Freezers - The Unsung Hero of Commercial Kitchens
- February 23, 2022
There are certain characteristics that are shared amongst all well-run, successful kitchen operations. From good leadership, to an optimized kitchen layout, to the way that inventory is efficiently stored... all of these items when put together are a great template to running a successful kitchen space. And of course, a great kitchen staff and chefs. Next comes the kitchen equipment, because without good equipment your kitchen can not run. You want to be sure that you are purchasing quality equipment that will stand up to the rigors of a high-volume commercial kitchen operation, because nothing will ruin the efficient workflow of a kitchen space than inoperable equipment. Cooking equipment such as stove tops, fryers, etc. may seem like they would hold the most importance in the kitchen, but there is one unsung hero that often goes overlook - the walk-in freezer.
The benefits of a walk-in freezer for a commercial kitchen are immeasurable. For one, it is the quintessential food storage area in the kitchen. All perishable items are stored in the freezer to ensure longevity - from veggies and fruit to beef and poultry, the walk-in freezer stores it all so that it lasts long enough to be cooked. More space to store these items also allows the restaurant to buy in bulk, which helps save money in the long run. The more space available, the more bulk items you can have safely stored away and off the counter tops to keep the kitchen organized.
When storing items, one idea is to utilize the FIFO system. FIFO stands for First In, First Out, and is a pretty basic system. Using FIFO you put the items with the soonest best-by and expiration dates at the front of the shelves so that you use them first. This helps to ensure that food items don't get left on the shelf and expire / go bad before they can be used. In order to use a great FIFO system you should also incorporate a proper labeling system for all items in the freezer by marking the date it was placed in the walk-in as well as any labeling such as a best by or expiration date. Using this system will ensure the most efficient food storage system that will allow your kitchen to buy in bulk and save money by not having to throw out food that may have gone bad.
Without the walk-in freezer any larger kitchen space operation would be held back by the lack of sufficient storage space both in the refrigerator / freezer as well as counter-top space. It's a no brainer why the walk-in cooler is the unsung hero of commercial kitchens - it's the backbone that keeps the whole operation running smoothly and affordably. If you are starting a new kitchen space, or expanding your operation, the walk-in cooler or freezer is the best investment you are going to make. HoodMart provides our customers with a wide range of walk-in coolers and freezers - as well as all walk-in accessories such as door hinges, kick plates, and light fixtures. HoodMart Walkin Coolers are Guaranteed To Pass ALL City & State Codes. ALL HoodMart® Walk-In Coolers and Freezers are UL Listed Panels and Doors, NSF Listed, EISA & U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Compliant, and Listed and Certified for all States, including City of Houston, State of Oregon, New York City. Custom Hurricane Approved Units Available. If you still have questions regarding the purchase of your walk-in cooler or freezer, please feel free to contact one of our experts today by calling us at 1.800.715.1014 or by contacting us through our live chat system.