Up until a few decades ago, the dry method was, as it always had been, the only method of aging meat. Things changed in the 1960s. When vacuum packaging was invented, wet aging became the preferred method. In spite of the difference in taste of wet aged meat, the process causes much less shrinkage, making meat more profitable for retailers.
Here’s a definition of refrigeration systems we hear very often: It's a technology to store food. That's correct, for sure, but we have a better one. It's a technology to control temperature and humidity.
Food waste in the U.S. has long passed an alarming threshold. In 2012, research undertaken by the Natural Resources Defense Council revealed that up to 40% of food goes uneaten. While an outrageous, quantity of food is wasted, 12% of American households lacked access to enough food in 2017 (USDA research).
To cook great food, chefs use two elements: heat and time. To get the best results, quite often heat is used in moderate quantity and at a slow pace. In the oven and on the stove, slowness can be a virtue. This isn't always the case, though.
Saving money. This is one of the most important tasks any convenience store energy manager can achieve. After all, if you're saving energy, you're saving money.
The Department of Energy and other organizations have new sets of standards for walk-in coolers and freezers. These changing energy regulations are impacting commercial refrigeration choices across the foodservice industry, so we'd like to take a few minutes to walk you through what they are and how they will impact your operation.
We all know about farm-to-table, the idea of going out in our local communities and sourcing ingredients as close-to-home as possible. In fact, in last year's What's Hot Trends Report, the National Restaurant Association listed hyper-local sourcing as their top trend of 2018.
Imagine your operation going into shutdown mode during the dead heat of summer. Perhaps it's the Fourth of July holiday when your restaurant sees a massive surge in business and your kitchen staff is in the weeds. Then, your refrigeration goes down.
A few months back, we provided a more detailed look at the benefits and processes to dry aging steak. While those tips were certainly important, especially in today's steakhouse world where dry aging is all the rage, we thought we should take a step back to go through the basics of not just dry aging, but aging beef in general.
When it comes to finding energy savings in a foodservice operation, a number of opportunities present themselves. From lighting and ventilation to HVAC and food preparation, restaurant utility costs can be a source of frustration for operators, while at the same time, a source of savings.
A refrigeration system that uses heat reclaim is one way for operators to cut costs using the heat they already have.