Environmental control is critical for ensuring the quality of your commercial products. While controlling the environment means controlling the temperature, it means controlling the humidity level as well. There are a variety of commercial products that require controlled environments, which means it is critical to think about not only temperature control but also humidity control.
Whether a classic keg of suds or something more progressive like kegs of cold brew coffee or kombucha, kegged beverages can turn bad or create safety risks if not stored properly. Even though some operations will try to store kegs in a food cooler, it's ideal to create a separate walk-in for storing kegs.
When's the last time you checked the pH level of your pool? Easy question if you own one. Now when's the last time you checked the pH levels of your refrigerated items? Now that one could leave a few folks scratching their heads.
We've previously written about all the specialized refrigeration rooms and projects that we've helped operators come to life. We've also spoken about how some professions require a specific humidity inside their refrigeration system in order to keep their specific product viable. And while certain materials require specific refrigeration needs to maintain quality or freshness, did you know storing items can corrode your refrigeration system due to low pH?
Are your commercial refrigerators holding food at the right temperature? If not, they could be putting your food in the 'Danger Zone' of potential foodborne pathogens! A commercial freezer that doesn't maintain the proper temperature can result in substandard quality and substantial food waste. Commercial refrigerators are no different and learning the ideal temperature for your commercial refrigerator is important for all foodservice operators to know.
"But, it's a dry heat."
As summer temperatures creep upwards for most of the United States, we've surely all heard that saying. And it can ring true because humidity plays a huge role in how temperature is felt. A 90-degree day in the desert feels much different than one in the humid south. Humidity levels are crucial within the commercial refrigeration industry. In fact, some professions rely on humidity as the sole method of inventory storage.