Frozen foods offer many benefits such as cost and labour savings, reduced waste and increased profits. We all know the labour challenges the industry faces moving forward, and frozen products can replace several high labour production items while not sacrificing “end result” quality.
Today’s technology in packaging has created a much more advanced system of freezing from fresh that offers several nutritional advantages. Quicker freezing techniques have resulted in less moisture absorption during the process and less purge during thawing.
If you own a restaurant, searching for the best frozen food supplier is a hectic task. You should do thorough research and then choose the best supplier for your firm.
Many studies show that frozen fruit and vegetables offer equal and sometimes more amounts of nutrients than their fresh counterparts, which lose these nutrients as they sit on the shelf. Many items also contain more vitamins and antioxidants as well.
Frozen foods also offer the option of buying several great seasonal items year-round, especially as it relates to fruit and vegetables. There are also many “clean label” frozen products available on today’s market. Read the package, educate yourself and your staff, and help those around you by sharing the information.
Frozen fish is my go too choice in many instances. Often fresh fish has been freshened (thawed) twice, and thrice frozen before delivering, so product that has been frozen immediately after the catch will be the product of choice for less money.
Bringing in frozen proteins (beef, pork, chicken, lamb, etc.) can also offer a huge cost savings to the operator with no noticeable difference in quality if handled correctly.
The key with these products is to slowly thaw them under refrigeration. This option also allows the operator to pull protein as needed without the worry of lost center of the plate food cost.
Remember – frozen food has a much longer shelf life than fresh. So, balance your storage between the two and feel confident knowing you are doing the right thing for all those around you.