Buying Guide: Display Cases

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There are several options when a selecting the proper display case for your location. The large variety of different cases can make it tough to select the right one, so One Fat Frog Restaurant Equipment has put together this detailed look at display cases.

• Bakery Cases: these come in both refrigerated and non-refrigerated models. The refrigerated models feature shelves and can hold around the same temperature as a deli case. Typically they have less moisture and can even have adjustable humidity. Refrigerated cases are useful for pies, cakes, confections and other baked goods that tend to deteriorate quickly at room temperature. Non-refrigerated cases are used to house items such as bread, bagels, and some baked desserts that cannot be stored in moist environments. Both non-refrigerated and refrigerated cases come in rotating display models.

• Deli Cases: these are refrigerated display cases that typically have multiple shelves and hold around 40° F. The multiple shelves help display products and the cool temperature keep cured meats and cheeses safe from contamination. Deli cases retain moisture that helps keep the products fresh. Deli cases come in single shelf models as well, which are perfect for side items.

• Meat and Seafood Cases: these refrigerated single levels cases hold product just above freezing. They are used to hold fresh meat, poultry, and seafood at ideal temperatures. They are intended to house unwrapped meat and fish, but there are some open-air models that are used to house wrapped products. Most come with frost inhibitors to prevent the glass from frosting over. There are also seafood specific models that feature trays to catch water as the ice melts.

• Hot Display Cases: these are intended to hold prepared foods at proper temperature before service. These cases range in size from small countertop models or concession cases to large deli case-sized models. Some cases possess adjustable humidity control that allows users to fill it with various products. Open-air heated display cases are intended to operate in self-serve locations such as convenience stores and buffets.

• Combination Display Cases: these cases feature dual temperature zones. Some combination cases feature a refrigerated and a dry non-refrigerated zone. Some even feature a refrigerated area and heated area.

• Sushi Display Cases: these single shelf display cases are longer than many other cases. They are much taller than most freestanding display cases. They are intended to sit on top of a counter where customers can clearly see the sushi. They can be either refrigerated or non-refrigerated. Since most sushi locations prepare sushi fresh throughout the day, non-refrigerated models are the most common.

When shopping around for a display case, there are several crucial factors to keep in mind. Here are the key factors to look at:

• Shelving: this is important because it determines the storage capacity of a display case. More shelves means that the clearance is reduced, but since most items in cases are not very tall, it usually does not matter as long as the customers can see the product clearly.

• Lighting: most display cases are illuminated. When shopping for your case, check to see if it has proper lighting for what you are intending to display. You don’t want the lighting to be too bright and you don’t want it to be dim to the point where the customers cannot see the product.

• Temperature: this is the most important factor. Think about what you’re intending to display and purchase a case that holds the appropriate temperature.

• Humidity: if you are displaying a variety of products, you should consider purchasing a display case that includes adjustable humidity control. Several different types of cases come with adjustable humidity, such as refrigerated, non-refrigerated, and heated.

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