Whether you are using a cook-chill method or making use of pre-packed foods, having the right retherm equipment can ensure you are able to heat food to a safe and palatable temperature. Rethermalization gets food through the danger zone quickly, reducing the chances of foodborne illness and satisfying all HACCP requirements. Food can be warmed by several different methods, giving you options to ensure you can find the best fit for the foods you plan to serve.
Rethermalizers come in many forms, from cabinets that make use of heat and steam to quickly raise product temperatures to units resembling fryers that use a water bath to heat bagged items. In either case, the food is heated quickly, reducing how much time it spends in the danger zone where bacteria can grow and reproduce more quickly.
Another type of warming equipment is the commercial microwave. While it has a bad reputation among many professional chefs, the microwave has a valuable role in many commercial kitchens. It can ensure food is heated to a safe temperature quickly, can give an extra boost of heat to a dish before it is served, and can even be used to easily prep ingredients such as melted butter.
Another type of warming equipment allows not only rethermalization but also a type of cooking that is rising in popularity in many kitchens: sous vide. A water bath heater can heat a large bath of water, and an immersion circulator can circulate the water to ensure it is all one even temperature. Whether you are rethermalizing a bag of soup or cooking a steak to perfection in the sous vide method, having the right immersion circulator on hand is essential.