Restaurants and cafés make their batters and preheated items before the baking or cooking process. To keep their half-cooked or pre-prepared food in some storage, they require cabinets or warm ovens. In gourmet kitchens, there are large Hot Cabinets, which keep those items warm and fresh. If they are placed outside on the counter with hundred other in-process items, they will lose their flavor and texture. These cabinets are useful for pre-order-delivery processes. Hot cabinets can hold the food for the time before the order or delivery call of the customer.
Hot Cabinets’ Mechanism
The cabinets are installed with dry heat fans and blower heaters. They are responsible to keep the warm air conditioning around the chamber. It has heating strips, tubular heater or duct and foil heating systems as well in some models. The finer control system inside the cabinet is responsible for food safety. The chamber of the hot cabinet has regulation/insulation systems for the storage of food items
Hot Holding Cabinet is used in many fast-food restaurants that keep parboiled potatoes and fries inside. It contains patties and crispy stuff to maintain its texture. This keeps the food toasty and flavourful. Placing the food after baking or cooking can immediately be put inside the toasting chamber. The holding cabinet is also useful for drying out any sogginess in the food items (as sandwiches).
Maximum Time of Food inside the Cabinet
Even though the food products are stored well safe and secure inside the cabinet, but the food cannot be kept for longer than 2 hours. This is unsafe from a hygienic point of view. The bacteria and germs accumulating in the chamber can harm the food items. It is not a fridge, which can keep food for few days. A warming cabinet keeps the warm food stored unless it is called for order or delivery. During rush hours, the cabinet can be of great use. However, if it takes hours with the weather hot outside, the bacteria find favourable conditions to reproduce. The germs take over the freshness. The food becomes inedible. The best temperature of a hot cabinet can be 140 degrees F or above 63 degrees C.
The more hours the product passes in the hot cabinet, the more chances of producing viruses and germs on the food. The chamber holds a lot of dishes and items at once. Mostly precooked food is useful to keep inside.
Hot Cabinets are the best source of maintaining a clean gourmet kitchen. It keeps serving more place for other food items and utensils in the process. It gives space and time for chefs to work. Entire meals and trays can be placed inside for a couple of time before it gets to the customer. Professionals opt for Hot Cabinets as well, however, they suggest keeping a skilled operator at hand for this appliance, who can also track the time of food items inside.