Ice-cream season is in full swing when the ice cream display freezer is
getting its moment of glory.
If you have a store, café, or restaurant to offer frozen treats to your
customers this summer, or If you are planning to start your own ice cream
business, then you’ll know that one of the most important and daunting
investments you must make is buying an ice cream freezer.
Commercial display freezers are numerous, therefore, the need to follow
certain criteria for you to get the right one is paramount. Not any model is a
proper fit, therefore, do not pick the first one you come across.
1. Type and temperature
The reason why most people love ice cream is the variety of flavors
available. This should be at the back of your mind as you get a freezer for
commercial purposes. Pleasing your customers and achieving their loyalty should
be your priority. Ice cream is perishable, and its contents can become
compromised if the temperature slightly dips or rises.
Ice crystals can ruin the smooth, creamy texture of ice cream and frozen
dairy products are a direct result of fluctuating temperatures. Ice cream that
melts even slightly, forms ice crystals when refrozen. To ensure you are serving
or selling the highest quality ice cream, you need to keep them on at an ideal
First and foremost ice cream should be stored between -12 and -24 degrees
Celsius. This ensures the ice cream remains frozen and solid. As mentioned, when
ice cream defrosts, ice crystals form which ruins that smooth creamy texture
your customers crave. Those crystals create an unexpected, unpleasant
Although the ideal serving temperature is higher, the solid hard ice cream is
always best for consistency that keeps it smooth at serving temperatures. This
is important in self-serve novelty freezers or open displays because they are
accessed more frequently and therefore you have to keep ice cream stored below
the freezer line to avoid thawing.
There are basically two types of ice cream freezers. Those designed for
self-serve ice cream products sold to customers are dipping cabinets. Dipping
cabinets hold either large tubs of ice cream or trays of gelato. Both are
designed for single-serve or hand-packed ice cream freshly prepared for
And those designed for “dipping” service for ice cream parlors and gelato
shops are display freezers. Display freezers are designed to hold pre-packed
tubs of ice cream and/or a selection of frozen novelties such as popsicles, ice
cream sandwiches, etc.
If you offer a wide selection of ice creams and gelatos for dipping services,
it becomes complicated as the two types of frozen desserts have different
recommended storage temperatures to maintain the right consistency. Therefore it
is best to choose two separate dipping cabinets so you can keep each product at
its ideal temperature.
If ice cream is your main business or even something your customers might
frequently order, efficiency should be one of the first and more important
considerations. Bear in mind that inefficient ice cream freezers may lose your
money in the long run. Even if the investment in the right freezer for you seems
high initially, if you need to maintain steady ice cream storage and display, it
can pay itself off quickly.
If you’re looking for a freezer that can both store and display, you’ll want
a dipping cabinet. These ice cream freezers are the single most efficient type
of ice cream freezers for an employee who will be serving ice cream directly to
customers. Although they typically are the most efficient freezer, it all boils
down to what your exact needs are. We’ll go deeper into which freezer is best
for what down below.
When you’re researching capacity, consider how many customers you will have
to serve, and how quickly the freezer can keep up with demand. Much as you may
want and/or need a large ice cream fridge, you should think about the space that
you have in your parlor. Even if you plan to sell this product alone, you don’t
have to go for a large freezer for ice cream if you don’t have enough space for
it. In the future, you may need to bring other food service equipment into your
store, therefore, get a small ice cream freezer that does not occupy too much
Ice cream freezers are very important to stay at the top of the competition
when it comes to ice cream shops. Always buy a freezer that can hold up all of
the different flavors you have to offer. Customers like to have variety and if
you have you have it then you should make sure to display that variety. The ice
cream business flourishes with the approach of the summer season. Having a nice
display unit gives an advantage over all the other shops which increases the
customer influx of the shop. Displaying your beautiful ice cream variety is
essential to increasing your customers and flourishing the ice cream