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Care and Maintenance of Blast Chillers

Once you purchase a blast chiller, the next thing to look at is making sure that it lasts for a long time.  There are people who have reported that their blast chiller has lasted for over 20 years.  That’s 20 years of great frozen food and 20 years of increased restaurant efficiency.  Here are some techniques that you can use to maintain your blast chiller.

Food and temperature safety when it comes to your blast chiller are of the utmost importance.

  • The internal probes that it uses to determine the temperature of various foods should always be kept clean and free of any food.  Food on the probes diminishes the capacity to detect and adjust temperatures.
  • Cleaning the inside and outside of the blast chiller to remove all debris helps its efficiency and serves to provide a reasonable first impression to anyone who would walk through the kitchen.
  • Carefully clean the condenser coils.  This allows the temperature of the inside to drop quickly. When coils get too dusty, the efficiency of the machine drops.
  • Clear out the drain lines if there are any for your particular machine.  Any debris that you find in your lines can clog up the works.
  • Don’t kick, punch, or otherwise take your anger out on the blast chiller’s doors.  While they’re designed to take a little bit of abuse, it wasn’t designed to be used as a punching bag for inappropriate kitchen behavior.
  • Every week, make sure that the seals on your blast chiller are holding.  Cracks in the seal can mean that air is being released and the entire unit has to work harder to get the machine just as cold.

Take the maintenance of blast chillers into your own hands by making sure that they’re cleaned at all times.  In the next post, we’re going to talk about specific blast chillers.

Special thanks go out to Susanna Celso on Flickr for the Creative Commons use of her picture.

2014-10-02 00:00:00
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