Common Questions About Gelato Cases
How is a gelato dipping cabinet different from an ice cream display cabinet?
Gelato is very similar to ice cream, and sometimes the words are used interchangeably, but real gelato is made differently from ice cream. Real gelato uses more milk and less cream than ice cream, and contains no egg yolks, unlike ice cream. These differences create different consistencies and flavors in the final product, which are reflected in the way gelato is displayed. Instead of having to be contained in ice cream tubs, gelato is dense enough to hold its shape when displayed on flat trays. Because gelato can also be shaped into visually arresting designs to draw in customers, the display cases need to be able to showcase the gelato. Sloped-glass designs focus the attention on the bright color and delicate shape of the gelato beneath.
The temperature range of a gelato case will be lower than that of an ice cream case. Warmer than corresponding ice cream cabinets, the typical range for a gelato merchandiser runs from -5 to 20 degrees Fahrenheit. The temperatures do overlap, though, so if you want to serve some selections of ice cream in your gelato cabinet, you can.
Compared to ice cream cases, gelato cases are shallow because gelato does not need to be confined to a tub to be served. This denser treat won't run all over the traditional shallow serving tray the way ice cream might. Differentiating gelato from ice cream will benefit anyone hoping to sell the premium product for a premium price. So that customers won't assume they're getting the same old ice cream they can get anywhere, a gelato-specific display case helps operators differentiate their product.
What features should I consider before purchasing a gelato merchandiser?
First look for a machine that will have enough space to display all the types of gelato you think you can regularly sell. You can check the product specification page of individual models to find their capacity. Consider that you might want to hold more than one tray of a particularly popular flavor, and account for that when choosing total tray capacity.
Determine whether you want a machine that can also hold ice cream, as the gallon tubs ice cream typically comes in might require a deeper well than some gelato scooping cases provide. Other considerations include:
- Lighting: Internal lighting helps illuminate and merchandise your product.
- Front-lift glass: This feature enables customers to serve themselves in a buffet style and lets operators easily clean the glass.
- Electronic control and monitor: Detailed information and control enable operators to keep the machine running at precise temperatures and will alert him or her if the machine has a problem.
- Automatic defrost: An auto defrost feature saves operators time and hassle in ensuring their display case keeps running without a hitch.
- Storage: Extra storage space is always a plus, as this enables operators to refill or change flavors without leaving the station.