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!
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
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.
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
when i put it in long wise it did fit <whewwh>
and i did not pass out i did not sheet
Thanks! That is very good advice about the sheetpan. I will be sure to test that!
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.