passionflour Posted 15 Jan 2013 , 6:10pm
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I am in the process of starting a home based cake business and I am looking to buy a refrigerator for cake and cake ingredient storage only. I used to work at a bakery that used True brand and we always had problems with them breaking, and also they seemed pretty humid. I have heard that commercial fridges are higher humidity. Does anyone have experience with that? Do you like your fridge brand and have one to recommend?

Any advice would be appreciated!

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-K8memphis Posted 15 Jan 2013 , 6:36pm
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i have purchased used home freezers and friges for that purpose

 

easier on the electric bill

 

but now i have an ascend commercial frige by jimex corp

 

my cakes are few and far between these days so i just keep it unplugged in between things

 

but i love it

 

no moisture problems

Stitches Posted 16 Jan 2013 , 2:48pm
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Supposedly the higher humidity in commercial fridges are explained because they are opened and closed so much, that's creating the humidity. But I don't know, I find some coolers are just more humid then others not matter how used they are or not.

 

Personally, I've never figured out which brand has the least (I've worked in many, many professional kitchens)..........it's like jeans: each one varies a little bit even though it's the same size.

 

Professional kitchens often choose coolers based on how easy they are to clean/maintain. A cooler with the motor on the bottom is easier to vacuum and keep the motor clean then a cooler with the motor on top.

 

The tips that I CAN help you with when shopping is really looking closely at the sizes. There are commercial coolers that aren't deep enough to hold a sheet pan. Which means getting a full sheet cake into it is a horrible experience, you have to twist it to insert into a cooler. I've also run into coolers where the door opening isn't wide enough for my larger wedding cakes to fit in to. Like a 18" cake base won't fit into it.

-K8memphis Posted 16 Jan 2013 , 2:59pm
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i really really like the doors that slide over like pocket doors on top of each other

 

but then i lost half the entry/exit width like Stitches said so you can't fit wider things in there

 

when i buy a frige i take my biggest pan or cake board with me

 

well i definitely take the cake boards

 

but when i got my commercial frige i should have but did not take a sheet pan (what was i thinking)

 

and i almost sheet when i got it delivered andthe pan did not fit in there (oh dear god) cahhn't breathe

 

but

 

when i put it in long wise it did fit <whewwh>

 

and i did not pass out i did not sheet

 

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passionflour Posted 21 Jan 2013 , 6:22pm
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Thanks! That is very good advice about the sheetpan. I will be sure to test that!

DeliciousDesserts Posted 21 Jan 2013 , 11:56pm
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I have a small home based business.  I purchased a Maytag that I LOVE.  With tax & delivery it was about $600.  Each shelf is big enough for a full sheet pan (I took a board with me).  It was the only one Lowes or Home Depot had that would hold one.  I can't say enough wonderful things about it.  The humidity is next to none.  

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