If you work in a professional catering establishment, you will probably be only too aware of how much food can be wasted over the course of a year. Although in isolation wasted food may not seem to amount to much, it can soon add up to thousands and thousands of pounds.
One solution to this is careful food portioning, which can actually make a huge difference to a business’ costs, but another method that affects your customers less is to use vacuum storage containers and covers.
At Bonzer, we only stock the best professional kitchen equipment and are huge fans of the Pac’n’Vac and Pressdome ranges, so in this article, we take a look at the advantages that both of these fantastic products have to offer.
Pac’n’Vac set up their company in response to the expansion of their local council tip and the additional sites planned for nearby greenfield areas. Furthermore, in the UK where Pac’n’Vac are based, we throw away over 15 million tonnes of food each year and 50% of this comes from our homes. Food waste and packaging contributes to 32% of total waste collection, even though 48% of this could be recycled, so Pac’n’Vac decided to create products that are designed to prolong the life of food, whilst being made from recyclable and sustainable packaging.
Pac ‘n ‘Vac container features
Pac’n’Vac’s containers work by using their patented vacuum valve system which expels air and inhibits microorganism growth, providing a far more sterile environment than airtight seals can offer. All you have to do is close the lid and press on the vacuum lever to remove the excess air.
They have been scientifically proven by PHE to keep food fresh for up to eight days longer, and as they cost the same as standard storage containers, they soon pay for themselves through the reduction in wasted food. In 2014, they were the proud winner in Caterer magazine’s Best Food Preparation Equipment category.
With Pac’n’Vac, you can save money by buying food in larger quantities as you know it will last for longer, and can maximise efficiency by preparing food ahead of time. Marinating food works very well as the vacuum that is created opens up the pores of the food, so the time it takes to marinate is reduced.
The containers themselves are made in the UK from high quality opaque BPA free polypropylene, and both they and their product packaging are recyclable and have a low carbon footprint. They are freezer, microwave (with the vacuum lever open), and dishwasher safe (with the vacuum lever closed) and can tolerate temperatures of up to 100°C.
Pac’n’Vac containers can be conveniently stacked on top of each other and come with an optional ‘Day Dot’ indicator which you can set to display either the day of the month that they were stored on, or the day when they should be used by. This can be easily removed for cleaning.
They are fully compliant with Environmental Health regulations and are come with HACCP colour coded lids in six different colours to prevent cross contamination. These are:
Red – raw meat
Green – fruit and salad
White – dairy and bakery
Yellow – cooked meat
Brown – vegetables
Blue – raw fish
At Bonzer, we stock both the Pac’N’Vac Gastronorm and Pac’n’Vac standard versions. Both share the same excellent features the only difference being that the Gastronorm containers have support wings on their sides. All containers are 100mm deep and are available in ⅓ (3.5L), ⅙ (1.5L), and 1/9 (0.8L) sizes.
The Pressdome is an invention of United Home Technologies, who specialise in vacuum food sealers.
Similarly to Pac’n’Vac, the company was formed by a group of young engineering friends who were disappointed by how quickly food spoils and how much disposable plastic was clogging their local landfill sites. For this reason they designed the Pressdome, which has since become extremely popular within the catering industry.
Features of the Pressdome
The Pressdome enables you to keep food fresh for up to three times longer and can be sealed directly onto plates, platters, bowls, skillets, counter tops, and cutting boards. Using its patented, powerful built in vacuum pump and a leak proof elastomer seal, Pressdome provides a vacuum seal when placed over food and pumped. It can also be placed over food on any smooth surface to provide an airtight seal during food preparation.
Requiring just one gentle press, with no electricity or extra equipment needed, the Pressdome allows you to prepare meals in advance, keep them warm for up to an hour, and easily transport them, so is very popular with establishments such as hotels, resorts, cruise ships, and hospitals. It eliminates the need for cling film and saves money on both food and disposable plastics.
Similarly to the Pac ‘n ‘Vac containers, Pressdome has a builtin DateDial™ which allows you to keep track of food freshness, and the vacuum created opens up the pores in food so marinating takes as little as fifteen minutes. It has been certified by some of the world’s top food laboratories TÜV SÜD Akademie GmbH and SGS SA.
Pressdome is made from commercial grade scratch resistant plastic and is BPA free. Multiple Pressdomes can be safely stacked on top of each other to save space and they are dishwasher, freezer, and microwave safe (pull up the pump to release the vacuum seal first). It has been durability tested for over 20,000 vacuum pumps and operates at temperatures ranging from 30°C (22°F) to 85°C (185°F);short term 40°C (40°F) to 120°C (250°F).
With the savings made on potentially wasted food, the Pressdome pays for itself in less than a month.
At Bonzer, we stock four different models of the Pressdome the Classic Junior , Classic Junior Tall, classic Universal , and Classic Jumbo so every situation in your kitchen is covered.
Why not start saving food, money, and the environment today by investing in these ingenious containers and covers. Both the Pac’n’Vac and Pressdome come with a one year warranty, so there’s really no excuse not to try them out.
If you are interested in finding out more about these products, please send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on +44 (0)1825 765 511.