Spring Means Produce! Keep it Fresh with Products from CAMBRO, Hamilton Beach and Nor-Lake
Ah, spring is right around the corner. With it comes more sunshine, blooming flowers, maybe the occasional rain storm, and a hearty bounty of delicious produce. But having fresh fruits and vegetables on hand means more spoilage.
Foodservice Questions: How Much Food Goes to Waste?
Did you know the United States wastes more than 20 billion pounds of produce per year? As of 2014, more than 1.3 billion tons of food was wasted annually. This misuse of food is such a big problem, many organizations have been formed to recover and reuse spoiling food, helping to defeat hunger and reduce waste.
Foodservice for Good: Using Imperfect Produce
Nonprofit Imperfect Produce works to change perceptions on what constitutes fresh produce. Many consumers these days seek only perfect-looking produce. As many chefs know, the occasional dimple or wilt doesn’t matter. Yet, to keep even imperfect produce in tip-top shape it must be kept fresh and stored properly.
Foodservice Dealers Look to CAMBRO, Hamilton Beach and Nor-Lake
Foodservice companies CAMBRO, Hamilton Beach and Nor-Lake have vowed to change this pattern of waste with a number of innovative products built for keeping food fresher, for longer.
In 2016, CAMBRO launched its Freshness Contained app, which shows proper storage methods and holding temperatures for various fruits and vegetables. The app can be used by any consumer or foodservice professional to see how cold or warm produce must be kept to ensure freshness. For instance, the Ideal holding Temperature of apples is 32°F to 35°F, with a relative humidity of 90-95 percent.
Meanwhile, CAMBRO food boxes, squares and rounds are useful for everyday storage:
To store apples, CAMBRO recommends one of its food storage boxes. The CAMWEAR boxes can store bulk produce and is perfect for stacking in coolers, freezers or pantries.. Transferring products out of cardboard that can get wet reduces the risk of cross contamination. The boxes are made with crystal clear, virtually unbreakable polycarbonate that’s durable and easy to clean. The best part: these boxes can withstand temperatures from -40°F to 210°F.
Similar to CAMWEAR Boxes, the CAMSQUARES can be easily stacked. Built with clear polycarbonate, these nifty storage containers have easy-to-read printed graduations for better inventory management, at a glance. See how much produce you have and the state of its freshness with one look. These units can also be used with Translucent Seal Lids or with Color-coded snap tight polyethylene covers to match graduation colors and color-coordinate various products.
CAMWEAR Poly Rounds
Compared to CAMWEAR boxes or CAMSQUARES, the CAMWEAR Poly Rounds promote better air circulation around the container, which can help certain produce thrive. They also come with printed graduations for easy inventory management. Each handle has molded-in holes which means quick and sanitary drying, while snap-on covers fit tightly, to lock in freshness.
Hamilton Beach PrimaVac
Trying to store foods for a long time? Consider vacuum packing them with the Hamilton Beach PrimaVac. Its extra-long 16” seal bar can handle large volumes, as it is capable of packing two 8” wide pouches at a time. It can also hold larger containers and jars for additional processing options. The PrimaVac has adjustable soft air to protect delicate food, but also features the Gas Flush option. Gas Flush is specifically designed for packing fragile ingredients by replacing oxygen with inert gas. Gas Flush helps to preserve the color and texture of certain foods and minimizes the damage to products by creating a pillow effect.
Store your CAMBRO units in Nor-Lake’s walk-in and reach-in coolers. They are perfect for holding produce at the right temperature.
Nor-Lake AdvantEDGE Reach-in Refrigerators
The AdvantEDGE Reach-in Refrigerator can be wheeled into any kitchen and begin storing produce in no time. With an operating temperature range of +34°F to +38°F it’s built for keeping fruits and vegetables fresh. It also has automatic condensation evaporation to keep products from getting wet, which reduces risk of spoilage. With a stainless steel interior and exterior, plus four vinyl coated shelves per door, each AdvantEDGE has plenty of space and is easy to clean. Speaking of space, the AdvantEDGE comes in one-door, two-door and three-door options for more or less storage room.
Nor-Lake Kold Locker
Looking for more space in an easy-to-install package? The Kold Locker is quick to setup and will be ready to hold your precious fruits and vegetables in no time, along with a number of other foods. It has three adjustable temperature ranges: +35°F, -10°F and -20°F and is perfect for holding produce. There are more than 10,000 Kold Locker walk-in configurations in stock and ready to ship. Each Kold Locker come in sizes ranging from 3’6″ x 6’ to 10′ x 14′ and three heights: 6’7” and 7’7” with more floor space, then 7’4” with less floor space. The Kold Locker even has indoor or outdoor models.
Keep your spring produce free from spoilage with help from CAMBRO. Contact us today for information on purchasing CAMBRO products for your kitchen.