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Restaurant Energy Consumption Statistics and the High Cost of Energy

Posted by RDT on Apr 10, 2020 12:33:00 PM


Energy costs are always a major concern in the restaurant industry. The ongoing, robust use of energy-intensive, commercial kitchen appliances is hard on the electric bill. In fact, restaurants consume three times more energy per square foot than other commercial enterprises according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Specialized equipment and extensive hours of operation, as well as high demand, cause excessive energy usage and sometimes even wasteful practices.

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Topics: refrigeration, energy efficiency

The Shelf Life of Vegetables

Posted by RDT on Mar 30, 2020 8:11:36 AM


For many Americans, eating healthy can be a daily struggle. With increasingly busy schedules and only so many hours in the day, finding the time to prepare and enjoy healthy food often seems impossible. Still, following a proper diet doesn't have to be complicated.

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Topics: refrigeration, energy efficiency

Smart Recoil: The Science and Dynamics Behind Ice Formation

Posted by RDT on Mar 25, 2020 12:27:12 PM


It's cool how ice is formed, but it's even cooler how to prevent it. Learning about smart recoil and the science and dynamics behind ice formation is informative and interesting, and knowing the reason "why" behind it, can absolutely equip you in preventing it in places where you may not think it's so "cool"- like your freezer.

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Topics: refrigeration, energy efficiency

A Quick Look at the Smart Kitchen Trend

Posted by RDT on Mar 12, 2020 8:53:51 AM


It's the decade of technological advances and discovering ways to become more sustainable in business. When it comes to foodservice operations, there isn't a shortage of appliances and controls that are currently available  to make your kitchen more profitable. With various opportunities to follow trends and maintain profitability, you'll find benefits around every corner. One major trend is smart kitchens, also known as connected kitchens, and how they help ease labor issues while ensuring quality service for those waiting consumers.

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Topics: refrigeration, food waste, energy efficiency

Meet Our New VP of Engineering, Chris Boryca

Posted by RDT on Mar 10, 2020 1:49:57 PM

RDT is proud to announce the hiring of our new vice president of engineering, Chris Boryca. Chris comes to us with an extensive foodservice background and personality of great integrity. We'd like to share some of his story with you here.

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Topics: commercial refrigeration, RDT team

Why (and When) You Should Coat Your Commercial Refrigeration Condensers

Posted by RDT on Mar 4, 2020 2:55:14 PM

The beach sure can be beautiful and relaxing -- the gentle breeze through the palms, the rhythmic waves splashing against the sand, and the soothing smell of salt air. It's the salt air, though, that can also create havoc.

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Topics: refrigeration, maintenance

An Update on Zero Waste in the Food Service Industry

Posted by RDT on Feb 28, 2020 1:14:58 PM


We all want zero waste, especially in restaurants and other forms of foodservice operations. As a result, many restaurants, cafeterias, and food trucks are working towards sustainability to reduce waste and cost. There are several steps that can help control food waste and even improve the menus, and we're going to walk through a few of them now.

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Topics: refrigeration, food waste, energy efficiency

How Retrofitting Evaporator Coils Can Reduce Energy Consumption

Posted by RDT on Feb 21, 2020 11:54:29 AM


In 2020, there is the reoccurring question of "How can we put a stop to climate change and become more sustainable within foodservice operations, convenience store services, and other business organizations?" Our daily operation strategies are changing to enable a healthier lifestyle, take better care of the planet, and reduce our economic impact, while also remaining profitable and successful.

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Topics: refrigeration, energy efficiency

Consistent Refrigerated Temperatures Required for These 10 Foods

Posted by RDT on Feb 10, 2020 2:28:00 PM

Navigating the world of proper food refrigeration can sometimes be confusing. Here at RDT, we want to simplify it for you. We've previously detailed how you should properly store ice cream, and now we'd like to discuss ten foods that require consistent temperatures in refrigerators. 

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Topics: refrigeration, food waste, energy efficiency, maintenance

A Brief History of the Texas Ice House

Posted by RDT on Feb 3, 2020 2:23:47 PM

In the days before a refrigerator in every kitchen, a well-equipped kitchen had an icebox. An icebox was a large wooden box on legs that was divided into several compartments. One compartment held a huge block of solid ice that acted as the refrigerant to keep everything inside the icebox cool and fresh.

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