How to use a blast chiller?
How to use a blast chiller?
Using a commercial blast chiller in a commercial kitchen is a great way to quickly and safely cool food. Blast chillers are a type of refrigeration unit, specifically designed to bring down food temperatures rapidly and evenly, to a safe level for storage and consumption. The ability to cool food quickly is especially important in commercial kitchens, as it helps to reduce waste, extend shelf life and preserve food quality.
Benefits of a Commercial Blast Chiller
The main benefit of a commercial blast chiller is that it can rapidly cool food from an unsafe temperature to a safe temperature for storage. This is achieved by rapidly circulating cold air around the food, and drawing out the heat. The amount of time required to cool a food item can vary depending on the type of food, quantity and size of the item and the temperature of the oven or appliance it was cooked in, but it usually takes anywhere from 2 to 4 hours.
Food Preparation and Temperature Setting
When using a blast chiller, food should be divided into smaller portions and placed in shallow containers, which will help to ensure the food cools evenly and quickly. All containers should have a lid, and they should be arranged in the blast chiller in such a way that the air can circulate freely around the food.
Once the food has been loaded into the blast chiller, it is important to select the correct pre-programmed temperature setting, based on the type of food and the desired end result. For example, if you are cooling a fish fillet, you should select a lower temperature than if you were cooling a large roast. Once the desired temperature setting has been selected, the blast chiller will automatically adjust its cooling power accordingly, and the cycle will begin.
Key Advantages of a Blast Chiller
A key advantage of using a blast chiller is that the food is cooled rapidly and evenly, while maintaining its flavour, texture and nutritional value. This is because the air is circulated around the food at a constant temperature, which helps to preserve its quality. Another benefit is that blast chillers can be used to quickly cool food to a temperature that is suitable for freezing, which can help to extend its shelf life.
In summary, using a commercial blast chiller in a commercial kitchen is a great way to quickly and safely cool food. It helps to reduce waste, extend shelf life and preserve food quality, by quickly cooling food to a safe temperature for storage or freezing. It is important to ensure the food is divided into small portions and placed in shallow containers with lids, and that the correct pre-programmed temperature setting is selected, based on the type of food and the desired end result.
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