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5 Quick Food Safety Tips for Commercial Kitchens

5 Quick Food Safety Tips for Commercial Kitchens

Commercial Refrigeration, Energy Efficiency, HVACR
[caption id="attachment_166" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Food safety is critical in a commercial, foodservice, or dining service kitchen[/caption]   Refrigeration is essential for food safety in commercial kitchens where large quantities of perishable food is stored, such as in cafeterias and restaurants. The FDA and USDA set strict guidelines, but a few simple steps can help keep commercial kitchens organized and prevent waste.   Always use old stock first. it's called the first in, first out rule which is pretty simple—always use older stock first. This rule not only protects food quality and safety, but it ensures that you don’t lose money by tossing spoiled product. Whenever a new shipment arrives, make sure it is placed behind older stock. Take this a step further and label each group of shipments with a…
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3 Questions About Anti-Sweat Door Heaters Answered

3 Questions About Anti-Sweat Door Heaters Answered

Commercial Refrigeration, Energy Efficiency, HVACR
[caption id="attachment_163" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Anti-swear door heater controls improve product appearance and save money[/caption]   1. Why do I need anti-sweat door heaters for my refrigerated cases?   Surface condensation can form on cooler and freezer glass doors and frames. Just like a cold can of soda on a warm day, the cool surface of a glass or metal door on a refrigerated space can attract condensation, especially during periods of high humidity.In addition to fogging up your doors and obscuring product, condensation creates the potential for puddles on the floor, corrosion of door frames, mold or mildew around door gaskets, and deterioration of seals and gaskets around the door, frame and glass.   To prevent these condensate related problems, manufacturers include electric heaters in the frames, doors and sometimes in…
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6 Commercial Walk-In Cooler & Freezer Maintenance Tips [FREE MAINTENANCE CALENDAR]

6 Commercial Walk-In Cooler & Freezer Maintenance Tips [FREE MAINTENANCE CALENDAR]

Commercial Refrigeration, Energy Efficiency, HVACR
You may not think about your walk-in coolers and freezers often, but they are critical to your business success. Emergency repairs can be costly, not to mention the potential loss of perishables.   Often malfunctions could have been minimized or prevented with proper maintenance. Proactive walk-in cooler and freezer maintenance schedules ensure prolonged operation of refrigeration equipment.   [caption id="attachment_156" align="aligncenter" width="640"] An evaporator fan set in a cooler[/caption]   Always keep the cooler or freezer clean. Soap and water are the best methods; harsh chemicals may harm the metal surfaces. Sweep or mop surrounding floors and keep free of debris. Make sure to clean up any spills immediately to prevent dangerous freezing.   Routinely clean evaporator fan coils and blades. Schedule a quarterly cleaning and be sure to inspect them for…
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4 Ways LED Lighting Upgrades Increase Grocery Revenue

4 Ways LED Lighting Upgrades Increase Grocery Revenue

Commercial Refrigeration, Energy Efficiency, HVACR
[caption id="attachment_118" align="aligncenter" width="640"] LED upgrades improve product display and save energy[/caption]   Lighting enhances consumer experience and highlights products in the freezer aisles of the supermarket, but it also increases electricity bills. Most reach-in coolers have old, worn out and outdated fluorescent lights that use a lot of energy. They even tend to look dull and outdated.   What if we could tell you that a grocery store lighting upgrade to LED lights can do exactly that and more?   Here are four ways that an upgrade will not only save you money, but also increase revenue.   The first and most obvious is that with an 85% wattage reduction you will absolutely spend less on utilities. That means less money spent on energy and more to utilize somewhere else.   LEDs increase lumens (light)…
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