Refrigerators are among the most essential pieces of equipment in restaurants and other food service enterprises. They range from small coolers to massive commercial fridges, but regardless of their size and type they all have the same purpose – to reduce the risk of bacterial contamination, thus keep the food inside them safe to consume. But although we use them on a daily basis, most of us know very little about these units. Here are a few interesting facts:
- The history of artificial refrigeration starts in 1755 when Scottish professor William Cullen designed a small size refrigerating machine.
- During the early 1950s, all refrigerators were white. Later on, in the same year, manufacturers started producing refrigerators in other colours as well.
- In 1855, John Gorrie designed the first vapor-compression refrigerator, while in 1911 General Motors launched the first commercial household refrigerator which held about 80% of the market by 1923.
- Believe it or not, the largest refrigerator in the world is 27-kilometres.
Commercial fridges come in a lot of different styles but the most commonly used one in restaurants and other professional kitchen environments is the commercial upright fridge. And that’s for some good reasons. This freestanding unit is slim and high, which makes it rather easy to fit into small spaces. Commercial upright fridge models are a great investment thanks to their large capacity. Most of them are GN compatible, which means that trays can go right from the fridge to the oven. Another benefit is that they offer an easy and fast access to the products inside them and can store bulky food containers thanks to their adjustable shelves.
Once you choose the best model of a commercial upright fridge for your kitchen, you need to properly and regularly maintain it so you can use it for many years to come. This way you may spot some potential problems that if caught on time can be taken care of much easier. Choose an energy-efficient commercial upright fridge for the utmost convenience and lower electricity bills. And yes, always try to stick to the recommendations and guidelines regarding the safe temperatures for frozen and refrigerated foods. This will help you determine the safe thermostat settings for your freezer and avoid any unnecessary issues.