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How long has it been since you defrosted your chest freezer?
If you’re like most people, it may be hard to remember the last time you completed this task.
However, regular maintenance of all your commercial kitchen equipment – including your chest freezer – is essential to keeping your equipment in good working order.
3 Quick and Easy Tips for Defrosting Your Commercial Chest Freezer
To keep you on the path of proper commercial kitchen equipment maintenance, here are just a few quick and easy tips for defrosting your chest freezer.
1. Reduce and/or Relocate the Food
The first thing you want to do before defrosting your commercial chest freezer is to reduce the amount of food in it. You can do this by transferring the contents to another freezer. Or, you can choose to schedule a defrost during some restaurant down time. Let your food stash dwindle a bit. When re-ordering food, make sure it won’t arrive until after the defrosting process is complete.
2. Defrost the Freezer
Once you’ve removed all the food, you’ll start the defrosting process. Make sure to first check your chest freezer owner’s manual for any instructions specific to the model of freezer that you own.
Figure out how you’re going to drain the melted ice water. Some units have a hose for easy draining. Those that don’t have a hose will need to be placed outside to avoid water damage to your property.
Next, turn off the freezer and open the door. You can add some pots of boiling water or place a fan in front of the freezer to speed up the process if you like.
3. Chill the Freezer Again Before Adding Food
After all the ice is melted, turn on the freezer and close the door. Allow the freezer to chill for 6-8 hours before re-filling it with food.
Keep Your Kitchen in Good Working Order with Regular Commercial Kitchen Equipment Maintenance
Commercial kitchen equipment is a big investment for your business. Make sure to keep it running properly with regular maintenance, like periodically defrosting your chest freezer. Doing so will help you save money on costly repairs and replacements.
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If you are involved in the food catering industry, then you know full well that it’s a lot of work – but the results often make up for all the time and effort you put into it. You do, however, need to make sure that you follow the rules and regulations of the government to the letter. This involves relying on professionals such as gas engineers in order to ensure that your catering business is above board. So, what are your responsibilities as a catering business when it comes to gas safety? More importantly, how can you make sure that you employ the proper gas engineer to take care of your gas safety requirements?
What you should know about laws and regulations
Under UK law, you are required to have your gas installations done by an engineer who is Gas Safe Registered. Additionally, the gas engineer you choose should be qualified and registered in the particular field as well as product they will be working on. One example of this is hiring a gas engineer for a range cooker that uses LPG. The gas engineer should be precisely qualified in and registered for ‘Commercial catering: range cookers, LPG’. If a gas engineer is only qualified for range cookers running on natural gas in commercial kitchens, then their qualification will be specified as ‘Commercial catering: range cookers, NG’. You will be able to find these specific designations on the back of their identification card.
As the owner or manager of a food catering enterprise, you are responsible for making sure that your gas appliances are checked and serviced once a year (at least). You should also have a gas certificate which proves that your appliances have been checked and serviced. Keep in mind, though, that some gas engineers will only give you a certificate for a span of 6 months if they think that your gas appliances are high-risk due to constant use. If you are a mobile catering business, for instance, your equipment may be classified as high-risk due to having to connect and disconnect it regularly.
The qualifications of a gas engineer you should look for
Apart from the above-mentioned particularities, the gas engineer you choose should exhibit a range of qualifications suitable to your appliances and the type of business you have. The gas engineer you select should be qualified in commercial catering, specifically ‘Commercial catering: fat and pressure fryers, LPG or NG’ for instance, or ‘Commercial catering: fish and chip ranges, LPG or NG’. If you have draught burners, then the gas engineer should have this qualification (e.g. ‘Commercial catering: forced draught burners, LPG or NG’) on their card. The same is true if you have pressure or expansion boilers. Your gas engineer should be qualified for ‘Commercial catering: pressure and/or expansion boilers, LPG or NG’ just like the commercial catering engineers from Milgas.
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When it comes to your advertising and marketing options, there’s no traditional marketing tool that can be as effective as a banner. It’s true that you have other choices, such as advertising on social media, advertising in newspapers or magazines, or even advertising by word-of-mouth, but if you really want to get maximum exposure for the least expense, a banner is the way to do it. But there’s another issue – how do you hang or use your PVC banners in the best possible way? Here are your top options in using and hanging your PVC banner.
Fasten it to a fence or railing
This is probably the most common way to hang up a banner – by attaching it to a fence or railing. The process is easy as well – all you have to do is get some string, cable ties, or ropes and secure your banner to the fence or railing. Make sure, though, that when you attach the banner, it’s secured as tightly as possible. The PVC banner, when hung, should stretch out smoothly from one end to the other.
If you are planning to hang your banner on a fence or railing that has a good bit of exposure to wind, you can make use of bungee ties. These enable the banner to withstand the strength of the wind. Another option would be to use mesh PVC banners which are expressly-designed to handle wind exposure and other extreme weather conditions.
Hang it on the wall
PVC banners, as banner printing services confirm, are also often hung on walls, and walls serve as a great location for hanging your banner simply because they offer better protection, they have the advantage of height, and they can help your banner last longer as well.
When you hang your banner from a wall, one side of the banner is not exposed to the wind. The wall itself provides extra shelter. Also, you have the option to attach your banner at a higher location, depending on how high the actual wall is. Once you have a higher position for your banner, more people and passersby are likely to see it. And since your banner is on a wall, it’s basically off the ground, where it is also less likely to become damaged by stray twigs or branches, people, or motorists.
Make use of banner stands or frames
The third way you can install your PVC banner is with banner stands or frames. These are specially-constructed and can also be single-sided or double-sided according to your specifications. The great thing about banner stands or frames is that they are semi-permanent, which means that you can use them as a long-standing feature right in front of your shop or establishment, and they are highly-versatile, being a great alternative if you don’t have a wall or fence from which to hang your banner.
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