It is no secret that State and Territory laws dictate that food safety be practiced strictly to make sure that restaurant owners, caterers and those generally in the food business serve and sell food that is safe to eat, which basically means that every time their food is consumed, no one gets sick or falls ill afterwards.
Food poisoning, diarrhea, vomiting and stomach pains are often the causes and signs of food-related illnesses due to possibly high levels of bacteria present in the food, that have somehow gotten contaminated during preparation and cooking, resulting into toxins that cause the illness. To prevent this, it is important that food be kept under a controlled temperature, either by keeping it really hot or really cold.
Food businesses need to learn all about temperature control in order to avoid customers getting food poisoning and other food-related illnesses. Temperature control means maintaining food at for example, either 5 degrees Celsius to minimize the growth of infectious or toxigenic micro-organisms in the food so that the safety of the food will not be compromised or at 60 degrees Celsius or higher if the food is to be stored or displayed for a long time for the same reason. This is the main reason why you need to have the best hot food display for your business.
Hot food display cabinets or hot food merchandisers are essential for those who sell ready-to-eat food. Concession stands, convenience stores, cafeterias and snack bars are often places which can benefit from the best hot food displays. Any place that sells food like cooked rice and pasta, foods that contain eggs, beans, nuts and other protein-rich foods should consider getting hot food displays not only to encourage quick sales but also to ensure that they serve only food that is safe to eat.
Hot food displays have never failed to grab customers’ attention because these equipment not only allow you to display your culinary wares in the most attractive and appealing way possible, they also keep the food fresh enough for the customers to eat as soon as they purchase them. Among the best benefits you can get from having hot food displays are as follows:
- Increased sales
- Allows more opportunities for self-serve operations
- Keeps food at the right temperature and ready to serve or eat anytime
- Allows you to showcase your best menu items every time
- Helps prevent food contamination
When searching for the best hot food displays, you need to find ones that will best fit your scope of operations and the type of food you serve. You should also take into consideration the size of your display as crowding it with too much food makes it look unappetizing and at times, unsafe. If you must buy these types of displays, make sure that they have thermostat controls so you can easily adjust the temperatures when needed.
It is also recommended that you find displays that have internal humidifying systems to keep the food fresh longer, as well as adjustable shelves to be able to beautifully and appetizingly showcase your best food items. And lastly, it must also have sliding doors for easy access, ample lighting and made of stainless steel for durability.
Stephen John is a food and wine enthusiast. He blogs about food, wine, and culture and writes food reviews for a living. He loves to write about the food catering business and likes to share tips and knowledge about it with aspiring caterers.