Beloved by businesses of all kinds from ice creameries to flower shops, walk-ins are a necessary part of daily life, keeping perishables fresh, chilly, and accessible on the premises. They come in many sizes and configurations, so it can be tough to choose the right one for your business. So without further ado, here is everything you ever wanted to know about commercial walk-in refrigerators and freezers but were afraid to ask.
What are the different kinds of walk-in refrigerators and freezers?
There are 3 kinds: refrigerators, freezers, and hybrids. You can put a walk-in and its condenser pretty much anywhere, so whether you need it inside or outside of your facility, you’re covered. Walk-ins work with existing flooring as well as pre-fabricated flooring. Note that if you do purchase a walk-in for outdoor use, you’ll need a compressor cover, crank case heater, fan cycle control, and roof-sealing kit.
What kind of refrigeration system do I need?
A walk-in’s refrigeration system is made up of a condenser (on the outside of the walk-in) and an evaporator (on the inside of the walk-in). Both your condenser and your evaporator should have high-efficiency EISA-compliant motors. There are 3 types of refrigeration systems:
Perhaps the title of this post is a little misleading, since this isn’t the first time we’ll have written about Kolpak refrigerators. What’s more, you might be interested to find out that Kolpak refrigerators actually need no introduction, since they’re world-famous (or, at least, famous within the restaurant equipment industry). There’s one reason and one reason only for the fame and notoriety of Kolpak refrigerators: their quality. That’s right, Kolpak refrigerators are among the best refrigerators money can buy. We’re proud to offer them here at Short Order to you, our valued customers, at excellent rates.
(First, an aside. In writing about Kolpak refrigerators, we’re turning our eyes ever-so-momentarily away from other wonderful products we offer, including Manitowoc ice machines, Vulcan ranges, Frymaster fryers, and others. However, never fear! Our appreciation for those manufacturers and their top-notch products hasn’t diminished a whit. We’ll still write love letters to them on a regular basis, but we thought we’d just spread the love a little bit.)
Kolpak makes many different kinds of refrigerators, and we adore them all, but we’re particularly fond of the walk-in refrigerator models. These include such excellent refrigerators as the Kolpak Walk-In Refrigerators, Walk-In Freezers and Walk-In Cooler P7-1010-FT-R and the Kolpak Walk-In Refrigerators, Walk-In Freezers and Walk-In Cooler P6-054-CT-R, both of which are top-notch examples of walk-in refrigeration done right. And by “done right,” we mean with plenty of storage space, thoughtful design, and energy efficiency.
A walk-in refrigerator is crucial for any medium-to-large restaurant, as it provides a place for you to store all your food in a single, easily accessible space. Plus, in the hot summer months, if you get a big enough model, you can put a chair in there, pour yourself a lemonade, and take a load off. (Note: what you can do and what you should do are, obviously, not always the same thing. Point being, Kolpak refrigerators—specifically the walk-in models—are an invaluable asset to many commercial kitchens.)
Hello again, all—it’s time for a little chat about Kolpak refrigerators! Yes, this means it’s time to turn our loving gaze away from other products—we’re looking at (or, I guess, away?) from you, Manitowoc ice machines—and shine the light of our fancy toward other products. After all, even though we usually focus on a handful of products in this space—Vulcan ranges, Frymaster fryers, the aforementioned Manitowoc ice machines—we’re big fans of every product we carry.
Have you noticed that our five-star rating system only goes down to three stars? That’s not because we want to skew the results or mislead; rather, that’s due to the fact that we’d never carry a product we didn’t like! It’s that simple.
Well, you can now take Kolpak refrigerators off the list of products we like but haven’t written about, because it’s happening now. And we’re writing about Kolpak refrigerators, sure, but it’s more specific than that. Just like last week was given over to the flake ice-making ice machines that Manitowoc has rolled out, this week we’re discussing Kolpak refrigerators with walk-in capability. That’s right, folks: Refrigerators you can walk inside of. It’s everyone’s dream come true: A room you can intensely climate control! (Well, maybe that’s not everyone’s dream. Maybe that’s just our dream. Ahem. We digress.)
In all seriousness, though, folks, Kolpak refrigerators are extremely efficient and built to last. Models like the Kolpak Walk-In Refrigerators, Walk-In Freezers and Walk-In Cooler P6-054-CT-R and the Kolpak Walk-In Refrigerators, Walk-In Freezers and Walk-In Cooler P7-1010-FT-R are exemplary instances of the style, featuring ample storage space cooled down to food-freshness-saving perfection.
It’s true: Kolpak refrigerators are the industry leader in walk-in refrigeration. If you’re looking for some, or for any other restaurant equipment, check out our selection and see what we have to offer.
Restaurants around the country are redifining the salad in order to give customers what they want. And they don’t just want a plate of iceberg lettuce — customers want a salad that’s filling, healthy and on par with an entree.
Not too long ago, salads were merely ordered as a side, or when someone didn’t see anything on a restaurant menu that they liked. A last resort, a way to appear healthy, ordering a salad is now neither of those things because consumers really, truly are paying attention to eating healthier meals.
A recent article in QSR Magazine talks about this new, growing trend in restaurants. The article noted that Technomic Information Services’ “Salad Category Report” showed 55 percent of consumers said they ordered a salad most of the time or every time when they dine away from home. This report also showed that if a salad is unique, new and sounds appealing, 43 percent of consumers are likely to purchase it.
Fast food restaurants are even working to meet the demands of consumers by offering affordable salads. It’s a good move for fast food restaurants, since the National Restaurant Association’s 2008 Restaurant Industry Forecast found that entree salads are growing in popularity, according to 59 percent of quick-service operators. What’s more is that they found 76 percent of consumers are trying to eat more healthfully now than they did two years ago.
Restaurant equipment to make salads is a necessity — just having fresh, delicious ingredients isn’t enough to get the job done. If you’re serving up tasty salads at your restaurant, you’ll need a way to keep the carrots, lettuce, cucumbers, sprouts, dressings and anything else you’ll have on hand at a safe temperature. Kolpak walk-in refrigerators can get that job done. And to give chefs and restaurant staff members a place to chop and dice ingredients, you’ll want a quality commercial work table. Hobart food cutters are also worth considering, as they could help get food prep work done more quickly and efficiently. Get the lowest prices on restaurant equipment at ShortOrder.
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