Of all the types of foodservice equipment, the one that might be gaining more popularity over the last decade is the blast chiller.
How Can Blast Chilling and Shock Freezing Save on Labor Costs?
As a restaurant owner or other type of foodservice manager, you're always looking for ways to save money and increase profits. One of your largest expenses is almost always labor costs. But what can you do? You have to have employees, and they expect to be paid.
One thing you might not have considered is the addition of a blast chiller and/or shock freezer. These commercial refrigeration units keep food at the optimal temperature to ensure that when you need to serve it, the items taste almost exactly like a freshly prepared meal.
With this technology, your staff can spend their time on other important tasks in the kitchen or with customers. Here are a few ways blast chilling and shock freezing help lower your labor costs on food prep.
Increased Shelf Life of Food
When your staff can grab food from the blast chiller or shock freezer and reheat, they aren't spending an extended amount of time cooking individual portions. With one of these commercial refrigeration units, your staff saves time, and you can enjoy an extended shelf life.
You'll save on labor costs when preparing food, and also, your staff won't need to purge unused items as often as they would with a refrigerator. Increasing the shelf life of food helps to boost your profits in both labor costs and the expense of ingredients. With blast chilling and shock freezing, you can save big without sacrificing taste and appearance.
Makes Batch Cooking a Practical Solution
It doesn't take much additional time to batch cook items as it does to cook a single meal. The downside is that once you have a large batch you either need to serve it immediately or find a way to preserve it. If you try placing it under a heating lamp or storing it inside a refrigerator, the items don't have a very long shelf life.
Large batches save you cooking time, and lowers your labor costs, but you must have a practical solution for storing the food after it's prepared, and a blast chiller or shock freezer provides that solution.
Reduces Food Costs
Okay, so this one doesn't necessarily lower your labor costs, but it does free up money to meet payroll. When you use a blast chiller or a shock freezer, you extend the shelf life of food beyond other methods, which means you have longer to sell it without throwing it away. Also, this commercial refrigeration doesn't sacrifice the quality or taste of your prepared food.
How do you know if a blast chiller or shock freezer is right for your operation?
Blast chilling and shocking freezing can help your business save money in a variety of ways. From making large batches of food to keeping the temperature of prepared food more accurate, these commercial refrigeration systems are essential to cutting your labor costs and overall food costs.
We've put together a simple Blast Chiller and Shock Freezer Assessment Sheet to help you determine how much your kitchen could benefit from these capabilities. Download the sheet today, complete five simple questions, and rate your operation on how useful blast chilling can be.