Ice cream and gelato are some of the most popular frozen desserts around the world, delicious treats loved by both children and adult and enjoyed throughout every season. So, if you’re thinking to start a family-owned creamery, set up an ice cream parlour or looking for ways to increase the sales revenue to your café or patisserie, you could use an ice cream machine and/or ice cream display freezer.
You may be surprised to see what an ice cream machine can do for your business as well as an ice cream display. Fitting your café, shop or restaurant out with a dedicated ice cream corner can significantly boost sales as the colourful dessert will be presented to your customers in an aesthetically pleasing manner.
What You Need to Know About Ice Cream Freezers
Ice cream freezers are uniquely designed to provide the perfect conditions for preserving the quality, texture and flavour of frozen desserts. For the best quality and tasty ice cream, it’s recommendable to keep the product at an approximate temperature of -12◦C to -18◦C and it will remain soft enough to scoop and serve to your customers.
Ice cream sales can be a great way to boost profit throughout the year, so it’s very important to understand what you need and choose equipment that’s best suited to your requirements. Commercial ice cream freezers are purposely designed to perform in tough commercial settings. They are available in two main types, so you can choose an ice cream display freezer or an ice cream storage freezer.
They offer different designs, functions and temperature ranges, but they both provide even and consistent conditions for serving high-quality ice cream to your customers. Also, you can find a variety of products that can be used to store or display gelato, frozen yogurt, sorbet and other frozen treats.
Ice Cream Storage Freezers
This type of ice cream freezers can reach lower temperatures and typically has either a solid door or solid lid. Most of these ice cream freezers are available as upright cabinets or can be found in a mobile chest freezer design.
Ice Cream Display Freezers
This type of ice cream freezers operates at slightly higher temperatures than ice cream storage freezers, but still sub-zero. Ice cream display freezers feature a freezer well for holding ice cream and a glass cover, also known as a guard, which allows visibility and protects your frozen novelties, preventing germ spread and dirt from reaching them.
An ice cream freezer display is a must when it comes to showcasing an array of ice cream flavours whilst preserving quality. Customers can make their choice by simply pointing the product, without touching any of it.
Things to Consider When Purchasing an Ice Cream Freezer
There are many different models of ice cream storage and display freezers available and an array of shapes, sizes and capacities, so making the right decision might be an overwhelming experience, especially if you’re just starting out your business. To help you narrow down your choices, here are some of the most important things to consider when buying an ice cream freezer.
Size and Capacity
The size of your ice cream freezer will reflect the capacity, so larger dimensions will mean a greater space to hold frozen treats. The size and capacity you need depend on the space you have available, the scale of ice cream sales you’re going for and the number of flavours you can offer to your customers. Make sure to accurately measure the area where the ice cream freezer will be positioned. When choosing the position for your ice cream display, consider the access points into the premises, including doorways, corridor, tight corners or else.
The position of your ice cream freezer will ultimately depend on its purpose. Storage freezers can be placed in areas behind the scenes as their role is to hold or condition ice cream. Display freezers, on the other hand, are functional, meaning they are holding ice creams at optimum temperature, but also, they serve for showcasing all the delicious treats available. That’s why it’s very important to place your display freezer in areas visible to the public, so your customers could approach it easily and take a look at all the frozen novelties you offer.
Keep in mind that ample airflow is required, so the ice cream freezer can function properly. The general rule applied is to allow an approximately 5 cm air gap around the exterior of the freezer, which should be enough to allow it to operate efficiently. Adequate airflow is important when stocking and filling the freezer as well. Whether it’s for storage or display, the interior should have unrestricted air circulation.
The ice cream needs to be thoroughly frozen because if it slowly begins to defrost, ice crystals will form and will make it crunchy. This may lead to a not satisfying experience for the customers and that’s why it’s important to choose an ice cream display with a fast and efficient cooling system. You can choose from two types of cooling systems – ventilated or static. A ventilated system uses fans that help the air circulate the freezer, while a static cooling system is powered by the natural circulation of cold air.