Appropriate and sufficient amounts of refrigeration is an incredibly valuable asset to any kitchen, in ensuring that food and ingredients are kept nutritionally sound and hygienically safe. Any kitchen, restaurant or other place that provides food and its success depends completely on the quality of the ingredients and food it produces and supplies.
If you run a business that produces and sells food and don’t have sufficient and effective food storage, you will always find that you don’t have enough food or that the food is not kept to a safe and usable quality.
Therefore, every business that relies on the work of a kitchen, needs some kind of cold storage area with sufficient cooling and storage space for the amount of food and ingredients necessary.
If you do not already have one, you may be considering a cold room installation on your premises. These are ideal, as you can store food inside them at a very low temperature for an extended period of time. ADK.co.uk is a Wembley based company that serves the Greater London area and beyond and they are experts in cold room installations.
Before contacting them to discuss your cold room installation, there are some considerations you need to make to ensure you get what you need.
Know Exactly What You Need
As cold rooms do not generally come cheap, you need to have a clear idea of what your kitchen actually requires. You need to look at your business and calculate the estimated storage space you need.
There is a danger of installing a cold room that is too small or too big. If it’s too big, you will be wasting money on keeping an area cool, that at least a percentage of it, you are not using. If it’s too small, you won’t have enough space to chill and store all the food and ingredients you need to use.
Choosing The Right Specifications
Further to the above point, you need to carefully choose the right specifications for your cold room. It should perfectly align with the operational needs of your kitchen and business. Be sure to speak to the supplier of the cold rooms you are interested in the type of food and ingredients you need to store, because they will be better able to advise you on specific models that will suit your business needs.
Space and Locations
The space available and the location of your cold room installation can greatly affect the functionality of it. So you need to make sure you choose the right location. Be sure to choose a space that won’t impede the functionality of the rest of your kitchen or business. It may be that you have to build your cold room to the back of the kitchen, in the yard or a loading bay area. Not only will this keep it from obstructing the smooth operation of your kitchen area, but it means when deliveries come in you can store things directly into the cold room as soon as they arrive, ensuring the food and ingredients are kept to their maximum freshness.
Obviously another important consideration to make when it comes to your cold room installation is the shelving. Having a large space to store food and ingredients inside is all well and good, but without carefully considered shelving that maximises the space and enables you to store items in an orderly fashion; you could miss one of the best things about having this kind of refrigeration.
Although the above is not in the least bit exhaustive, we do feel that the most important issues are covered with regards to cold room installations and getting the very best for your investment.