Heated Holding: “Where Time Stands Still”

January 18, 2013
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In the foodservice industry there are a wide array of applications when holding food at a set temperature is necessary. From the moment a dish is taken out of the oven to the moment your customer receives it, the food quality is subject to change, which is why heated holding equipment is a lifesaver in a large volume commercial kitchen. Banquets, catered events, the hospitality industry, you name it, the need for equipment that will keep food moist, flavorful,  tender, along with nice and warm until it’s ready to serve is undeniable.

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Alto-Shaam is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of heated holding equipment because of their advanced systems, state-of-the-art design, and last but definitely not least, their patented Halo Heat® technology. 

What exactly is Halo Heat®?

The folks over at Alto-Shaam know that to get true quality food holding, you’ve got to do more than simply apply heat, humidity or water. The real key is to retain as much of the product’s natural moisture as possible and that’s precisely what Halo Heat® is designed to do.  The Halo Heat® method is the byproduct of extensive resesarch that resulted in a system where a temperature-controlled, low-density thermal cable is wrapped around the interior of an oven or holding cavity to produce soft, motionless, low-temperature heat, and as a result, a better tasting product. Unlike conventional holding, Halo Heat® doesn’t use fans, keeping air still so as not to dry out your food or transfer flavors. Why low temperature, you ask? The low, still temperature is the defining principle for its amazing cooking performance, including a natural tenderization process, improved flavor, moisture retention, reduced food shrinkage, and overall, a better tasting dish. Halo Heat® allows you as the operator to say goodbye to dried out menu items and say hello to more satisfied customers.

Now that you know what Halo Heat does, you’ll better understand how it plays into the performance of Alto-Shaam’s Heated Holding Equipment.  Whether you’re looking for Drawer Warmers, Heated Banquet Carts or Heated Holding Cabinets, Alto-Shaam delivers the best. 

Alto-Shaam Drawer Warmers Drawer Warmers are some of the most widely used tools in the industry for keeping everything from rolls of bread to heavy entrees and delicate sides at the proper serving temperature.

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Available in free-standing 1, 2 and 3 drawer set-ups, these units are ideal for the operator that needs equipment that will maximize space and do the job well. These drawer warmers are also available in both standard and narrow widths to fit different size restrictions and they can just as easily be built into a cabinet as stacked or put on a mobile cart for easy transportation. The dual wattage control allows you to control the heat depending on the kind of food you’re  holding! Shop for Drawer Warmers here.

Alto-Shaam Heated Banquet Carts Piping hot, plated meals on the go are made possible with the help of Alto-Shaam’s Heated Banquet Carts. Utilizing the Halo Heat® system and equipped with varying shelf arrangements, these banquet carts allow you, the operator, to store more without compromising the taste, flavors and tenderness your customers love.

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Choose from 96, 128 or 192 plate capacities, each with large, single doors, ventilation for internal humidity management and heavy-duty bumper and caster systems for even the most rigorous banquet transportation. So if banquet business is what you do, make sure to discover the benefits of an Alto-Shaam banquet cart which keeps the temperature precise until you’re ready for showtime. Shop for Banquet Holding Carts here.

Alto-Shaam Heated Holding Cabinets Alto-Shaam’s famed heated holding cabinets have become an absolute staple in commercial kitchens around the nation. By maintaining a precise temperaure range without the use of fans or other heating elements,  food is able to retain its natural moisture without drying out.

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Customers everywhere can take advantage of the heavy-duty stainless steel construction and their undeniable versatility (models like the 1200-S have a dual functionality- operating both as a heated cabinet and a dough proofer!) Choose from single compartment, double stacked compartments, different rack/pan configuration capabilities and so much more. Shop Heated Holding Cabinets here.

Alto-Shaam CombiMate® Companion Warmers Last but not least is Alto-Shaam’s famed CombiMate® equipment which allows Alto-Shaam roll-in pan or plate carts to be rolled into the cavity for large volume heated holding.

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From big  banquet halls to large hospitals and huge catered convention settings, the CombiMate® Companion Warmers will bring excellence in heated holding to your large volume venue. Alto-Shaam has both mobile and stationary units and different sized cavities depending on your needs. Shop CombiMate® Warmers here.

At the end of the day, Alto-Shaam’s Heated Holding equipment is the best time-management tool and an investment that will boost your ROI. Being able to provide a quality product in a prolonged holding environment is a feature that allows kitchens to run smoothly and with absolute reliability. Discover more about Alto-Shaam holding equipment on their website and take a look at their Youtube channel to see some of these amazing unit’s in action! take advantage of the industry’s best prices when you invest with us at MissionRS.com! Shop Alto-Shaam!

 

 

One Response to Heated Holding: “Where Time Stands Still”

  1. Marg
    January 18, 2013 at 7:27 pm

    great article!

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