Buffets and self-service lines are practical methods for delivering large quantities of food to numerous people over an extended period of time, and every setup needs an assortment of food wells to function effectively. Food wells are available in multiple sizes, shapes, and styles to suit different circumstances, but the general idea is to provide open food storage while keeping product at safe temperatures.
Given the popularity of buffets and self-service food establishments today, it’s no surprise that plenty of locations can frequently utilize food wells as part of their regular services. Establishments that can benefit from food wells include:
Other places you’re likely to spot hot or cold food wells include fast-casual restaurants, hotels, sit-down restaurants with salad bars, grocery stores, and delis.
You’ll find that cold food wells come in more styles than other variations.
Cold wall systems work by running refrigerant lines throughout the unit's structure to take advantage of conductive cooling — the unit cools the food well directly, which then chills the product inside.
Forced air prep tables rely on a system that cycles air, cools it through the refrigeration system, and then expels it through ductwork over the pans to cool the contents.
Typical soup wells utilize standard electric heating elements to perform their function, as the wattage can range up to, and beyond, 800 watts. The higher wattage you have, the better your warmer will be able to heat various product quickly and efficiently.
It's important to note that standard warmers are not built to bring chilled food back up to safe temperatures. Instead, their primary purpose is to hold prepared, already-warm food at the desired temperature.
You might see some warmers branded as rethermalizers, which might beg the question, “What’s the difference?”
Rethermalizers are designed to bring chilled, prepared food to desirable, safe temperatures, which other warmers do not accomplish as well. Rethermalizers will also hold your product at a stable temperature, effectively making them a useful, multifaceted product.
When your menu changes daily and you don’t have space to implement different types of food wells, dual temperature models provide adequate flexibility. You’ll keep your equipment inventory in check while limiting spending costs.
Covers and Lids
Covers and lids protect food items from outside germs, debris, and other contaminants when they sit out for extended periods of time. Covers also help with temperature retention.
When installing food wells into tabletops, protect them both and ensure hassle-free installation with mounting kits, which create a defined border between the well and medium.
Utilize adapter bars to customize your setup or accommodate different sizes of fractional pans within your existing framework. These parts are simple to install.
False bottoms provide a platform for loose ice. Thanks to the included perforations, any water from melted ice will drain away, which keeps ice from collecting in the drain.