What’s Hot, Accessible & Sustainable

The recent Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS) 2023 at the Las Vegas Convention Center drew an amazing post-COVID crowd of 40,000 attendees, with 500 exhibitors covering 400,000 square feet of exhibit space. An unprecedented number of new products made their debut, making it hard to decide which to feature here and which would have to wait for a future opportunity.

On the Appliance Front

Do you batch cook? Have a bountiful garden? Hunt? Fish? You have never known real food preservation until you experience it with a blast freezer.

Italian kitchen appliance manufacturer Irinox is blazing trails in the food and beverage preservation segment of the appliance world. The company was founded in 1989 to serve the professional food service and confectionary industries with blast chillers. Its blast chillers not only physically preserve foods (think no freezer burn), but are capable of maintaining the organoleptic properties (appearance, flavor, aroma and texture) of food, as well as vitamins and minerals.

In 2005, Irinox branched out into the domestic market with Freddy, a built-in residential blast chiller that has a similar footprint to a built-in microwave and steam oven, uses up to 780 watts and 7.42 amp, is UL-approved and is plug-and-play with a standard 20-amp outlet. Freddy has a countertop cousin called the Fresco Elite that is similar in size to a countertop microwave and uses 324 watts and 3.1 amps.

Blast freezers cook as well as freeze. Imagine being able to take an entree out of your home freezer, placing it in your blast chiller and setting the timer to thaw and hold the food at 37 degrees for a programmed duration, then heat or cook the food to an internal temperature of 149-167 degrees. Think of all the time and food you will save! This is just one of the many feats that the Irinox blast chillers can perform. Available through Albert Lee Appliance. Learn more at irinoxhome.com.