Anyone who is in the food-service industry, from the manager of a fine-dining establishment to a street vendor, is aware that one of the biggest influences on his net profit is food spoilage. Because of this fact, it seems sensible to implement any tool available that can eliminate this issue. Among the most cost-effective and money-saving tools available today is a vacuum sealing machine. Essentially, this process of preservation inhibits oxidation by keeping air away from food, thus avoiding the growth of bacteria and mold, and eliminating the freezer burn, drying out and shriveling that results from contact with air and moisture.
Besides preventing spoilage, a vacuum packing machine can help small businesses save time and money in many other ways. For example, many family-owned restaurants have discovered the benefits of doing their own butchering, purchasing a whole side of beef, breaking it down, and sealing and freezing the parts for use when needed.
Caterers can use this packaging method to keep fresh-frozen samples of their specialties ready for tasting by potential customers, while delis, pizza parlors, home bakeries and candy makers can vacuum-seal excess product to sell at a later date. Many restaurant kitchens cook basic ingredients like stock, sauces and gravies in large quantities, then store them in vacuum-sealed bags for use when needed.
In addition to these advantages, it’s both efficient and cost-effective to be able to buy in bulk and prepare food ahead of time. Additionally, many restaurant owners and caterers are more often patronizing small cooperative farms and farmer’s markets for locally grown produce, and/or growing their own herbs and produce. The downside to growing your own or buying locally is the short shelf life. Nevertheless, “locavores” are lured to eateries that feature this produce, making vacuum packing for food preservation yet another benefit of owning this equipment.
Another recent packaging innovation is the retort pouch (which, contrary to popular belief, does not hold a kangaroo’s snappy comebacks). This type of container consists of several layers of laminated materials, made to stand up to extreme conditions such as high heat, falling, bending, freezing and cooking. Retort pouches are easy to open and resealable; plus, food stored in them can last up to five years without refrigeration. Until recently, the largest consumer of these packages was the Army, which packed servicemen’s field rations in the pouches because they are lightweight, easy to transport and can take a beating. Many products are now substituting retort pouches for metal cans, notably moist pet food and tuna. But there are other pre-cooked foods, from soups to sauces, that are now available in supermarkets everywhere in these pouches. Small food operations would do well to investigate the retort pouch as an adjunct to vacuum packing machines, as both are very consumer-friendly packaging methods that can give sales and distribution a boost in the bottom line.
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