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May 10, 2021 4:05:38 PM

Leak Prevention in Your Commercial Refrigeration

,Leak Prevention in Your Commercial Refrigeration

Refrigerant leaks can be a fundamental challenge for many supermarket operators as they can occur in just about any part of a refrigeration system. Food retail stores can save money and  reduce environmental impacts by ensuring that commercial refrigeration equipment is properly maintained.

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May 5, 2021 2:12:31 PM

Safe Ice for Your Customers

Frequent Cleaning and Proper Handling Mean Safe Ice for Your Customers
Did you know that the Food and Drug Administration has declared that ice is considered a food?  Therefore it must be as safe as drinking water. This rule applies if ice is to be consumed or placed in contact with food or beverages to cool them.      

Ice safety can be a big problem for quick-service restaurants. To ensure the safety of the ice they use, there are steps that must be taken before the ice ever comes near a customer's cup. Ice is subject to potential contamination from many sources.  It can come from the water it is made from, any air that contacts it and the equipment that freezes and dispenses it. Also the utensils and the hands of the employees that handle it can introduce harmful microbes.

Many people think that just because ice is frozen it eliminates the danger from disease causing organisms. Unfortunately, freezing doesn't kill viruses and bacteria that cause most foodborne illness. Instead, it could even preserve them. You can not assume that ice is safe simply because it is frozen.

The best defense against impure ice is regular cleaning of the water filter, the machines, and the bins. Instituting good practices for the handling of the ice is also essential.
 
The Food and Drug Administration recommends cleaning and sanitizing ice-making equipment at the frequency specified by the manufacturer or, if lacking the manufacturer’s instructions, as needed to prevent the build-up of soil or mold.

Follow these simple steps to clean your ice machine and bins:
  • Always turn off the machine prior to cleaning. 
  • Inspect the water filter and replace according to the manufacturer's guidelines.
  • Discard all leftover ice.
  • Use a clean, sanitizer soaked towel to wipe the interior and exterior surfaces.
  • Spray surfaces with sanitizer and allow to air dry.
  • Clean the inside of door surfaces. 
  • Clean the gaskets.
  • Inspect the entire machine for soil or contamination after cleaning. 

Remove any sanitizer that may have collected inside the machine.

Safe Ice Handling Tips:
Just like any other food, ice can become contaminated when not handled properly. Serving ice that is clean and safe doesn’t have to be to be complicated.  Keep it simple by making frequent cleaning of your ice equipment part of your overall cleaning and sanitation schedule.

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May 5, 2021 1:08:40 PM

Why You Should Consider Beverage-Air for Your Next Milk Cooler

The United States produced about 223.1 billion pounds of milk for human consumption in 2020.  The most popular variety is semi-skimmed, accounting for 63% of all milk sales.

Most milk is produced for sales in grocery stores and is packaged in one-gallon (3.8-liter) plastic bottles. The bottles or cartons are stamped with a "sell by" date to ensure that the retailers do not allow the milk to stay on their shelves longer than it can be safely stored.

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May 5, 2021 12:04:01 PM

At What Temperature Should You Store Wine?

Wine has been around for centuries. The Romans praised its health benefits and scientists have discovered that it has the  ability to protect against cardiovascular diseases. 

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May 5, 2021 9:12:16 AM

Tips for Cleaning Your Commercial Refrigeration Equipment

Running your commercial refrigeration units at the proper temperature is important, but  keeping your units clean is essential for health and safety. The first step needed to ensure your refrigeration equipment is healthy is to clean all the mechanical parts.  However, there is more to sanitizing cooling or freezing units that just keeping the outside surfaces shiny.

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Apr 28, 2021 11:35:53 AM

Energy Saving Equipment for Food Service Companies

If you're running a food service business, you know that it's smart to save money by using energy-efficient equipment.

At Ohio Refrigeration, our commercial refrigeration equipment delivers more  performance using less energy. We've partnered with refrigeration industry leaders to provide the highest efficiency ratings on the latest innovations in commercial refrigeration products

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Apr 20, 2021 6:31:07 PM

Is Your Commercial Ice Machine Ready for Summer?

With summer approaching, it’s a good time to look ahead to examine the operation and efficiency of your commercial ice machine.  Ice consumption increases during the warmer season and you want to be sure your equipment is ready. 

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Apr 14, 2021 9:43:33 AM

How Do You Maintain Your Refrigeration Equipment?

How do you maintain your refrigeration equipment?  Are you proactive and maintain your equipment regularly?

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Feb 10, 2021 11:11:52 AM

Win Traulsen Foodservice Equipment for Your School

ENTER FOR A CHANCE TO WIN TRAULSEN KITCHEN EQUIPMENT FOR YOUR SCHOOL!   

The Traulsen Lunch Line has helped school nutrition pros keep the peace with students for decades. From their ultra-reliable milk coolers and hot food cabinets to their high-performance Spec Line of freezers and refrigerators.  

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Dec 29, 2020 5:42:48 PM

Does Your Walkin Cooler Have Ice Build Up?

One of the biggest problems when it comes to efficiently operating your walk-in cooler is ice build up.  Ice build up issues are most often the result of warm, humid air in your walk-in.  There are several reasons this may be happening. The most common is damaged or old gaskets or broken hinges  on your door that don't allow the door to seal properly.

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