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06/12/2019

Happy National Frozen Yogurt Month

 
June is National Frozen Yogurt Month, so all of us at Electro Freeze would like to present you with some facts, trivia, and other interesting things about frozen yogurt or froyo!
 

Health Benefits of Frozen Yogurt

 
People are trying to eat healthier, but that doesn't mean they want to give up their sweets. Luckily, frozen yogurt is a great alternative to ice cream. Yogurt is high in calcium, magnesium, and potassium, all nutrients most people are lacking. You can have low fat or sugar-free options when it comes to frozen yogurt, also. If you avoid cookies and candy on your frozen yogurt and stick with fresh fruit or nuts, you can enjoy about half the calories of a piece of cake!
 

Frozen Yogurt History

 
Yogurt was invented over 4000 years ago somewhere in the Middle East and India. Over the years, it has become popular all over the world. 
 
Several attempts were made to bring frozen yogurt to the masses in the 70s, but consumers complained that it tasted too much like...yogurt. In 1981, TCBY was the first store to offer soft-serve frozen yogurt. Prior to that, you could only buy pre-packaged "hard pack" frozen yogurt. 
 
After TCBY's success, frozen yogurt started taking off in the marketplace with triple-digit growth rates. By the middle of the 90s, frozen yogurt captured a 10% share of the frozen dessert market. Just when sales began to slip, John Wudel introduced a live probiotic powder-based mix, helping frozen yogurt regain its traction. Self-serve frozen yogurt shops opened across the country, with interest at an all-time high.
 

Celebrate Frozen Yogurt Month

 
To commemorate National Frozen Yogurt Month, visit your favorite froyo shop. There's a good chance that there is an Electro Freeze machine being used in the store. Keep an eye out for specials from the shops to celebrate this delicious frozen treat!
 
Contact Electro Freeze to learn more about offering frozen yogurt in your shop or restaurant!

 

5/20/2019

Equipment for the Frozen Treat Industry


There are a lot of different pieces of equipment that are used in the frozen treat industry from ice cream to froyo to custard and other machines. Here is a quick rundown of some popular pieces of equipment.
 

Batch Freezer

 
A batch freezer is designed to make hard packed ice cream. The ice cream mix is poured into the freezing cylinder and is frozen at 20F. Once the ice cream has frozen, the treat is put into a container and flash frozen to 0F. This piece of equipment can also be used for traditional Italian ice and sherbet.
 

Beater Shaft

 
The batch freezer uses a freezing cylinder to create the ice cream and inside of that cylinder is a beater shaft. This shaft supports the scraper blades which scrape the frozen product from the sides of the cylinder. The beater shaft is also referred to as an auger or dasher.
 

CAB Model

 
Any freezer that has a refrigerated storage area in the bottom portion of the machine is referred to as a CAB Model. In addition, these freezers have a mix pump mounted in the refrigerated portion of the unit.
 

CMT-RMT Model

 
The freezers in the Electro Freeze Freedom 360 Series are all considered CMT-RMT Models. Similar to the CAB Model, the CMT-RMT Models have a mix transfer system mounted in the refrigerated cabinet in the lower portion of the freezer.
 

Combination Freezer

 
A combination freezer is just what its name implies: a combination of products is available from one machine. This type of freezer produces both soft serve ice cream and shakes in the same unit.
 

Compressor

 
The compressor is an important part of any cooling or freezing system. The piece of equipment circulates the refrigerant throughout the rest of the system. It works by removing the refrigerant vapor from the evaporator and compressing it, turning it into a liquid. 
 

Condenser

 
Another important part of a refrigerant system is the condenser. This unit cools the gas that has absorbed heat in the evaporator. There are two different kinds of condensers: water-cooled and air-cooled. The water-cooled condenser is basically a tube inside of a tube. Water flows through the inner tube and gas flows through the outer one. The water absorbs the heat from the gas and then the water is emptied out through a drain. An air-cooled condenser uses copper tubing routed through rows of metal fins. Air is forced through the fins and gas is cooled through heat dissipation.
 

Direct Draw or Flavor Injected Shake Freezer

 
A Direct Draw or Flavor Injected Shake Freezer injects and mixes flavoring into the shake product as it is dispensed. CO2 or compressed air is used to push the flavored syrup from its container to the dispensing head of the freezer. 
 

Dispensing Head or Door

 
Another part of the freezing and dispensing system is the dispensing head or door. As the frozen product leaves the freezing cylinder, it goes through the dispensing head or door and is served in a cup, cone, or other containers. The dispensing head can also shape the product and a twist head can allow two flavors to combine in a twist or combine into a single serving.
 

Evaporator

 
In an Electro Freeze machine, the evaporator is a stainless-steel tube wrapped with copper tubing and insulation. A gas expands in the evaporator, removing the heat from the system. This is a unique feature of Electro Freeze machinery and creates an efficient freezer system.
 

Expansion Valve

 
The expansion valve controls the flow of refrigerant through the cooling system. The refrigerant is under high pressure when it reaches this valve. The expansion valve restricts the refrigerant's flow, releasing it at a low pressure which causes the liquid to expand and vaporize. This reaction creates the cold temperatures that are needed to freeze the mixture.
 

Gravity Fed Freezer

 
The Gravity Fed Freezer works by allowing the mix and air flow by gravity from the hopper to the freezing cylinder. This type of freezer uses mix feed tubes in the place of a mix pump. Gravity Fed Freezers dispense frozen products at typically warmer temperatures and lower overruns than pressurized freezers.
 

Hopper Models

 
A freezer is considered a hopper model when it has a mix reservoir on the top of the machine.
 

Mix Transfer System

 
Electro Freeze offers this new industry standard for pressurized equipment. The Mix Transfer System meters and injects air into the mixture. The mix is then moved from the refrigerated cabinet to the freezing cylinder. This system is simple to maintain, disassemble, and clean.
 

Pressurized Freezer

 
A soft serve or shake freezer that is equipped with mix pumps that transfer mix from a hopper or container to the freezing cylinder. As the mix is pumped into the cylinder, a controlled amount of air is added to the product. The air pressure forces the product from the cylinder when dispensing.
 

Twist Freezer

 
A twist freezer is any soft serve freezer that has two freezing cylinders and one dispensing head. The freezer dispenses two flavors independently or combining the two flavors into a single serving.


Electro Freeze Provides the Best Equipment in the Business
 

4/25/2019

What is Frozen Custard?

Everyone is familiar with ice cream, but what is frozen custard. As this delicious treat moves from places like Wisconsin to the rest of the country, some people may not know much about frozen custard.

Ice cream and frozen custard have more in common than they don't, but those differences make a big difference. There are a couple of extra ingredients and the production process is a little different.

Difference in Ingredients


A custard must have a butterfat content of 10% or higher and must also contain 1.4% pasteurized egg yolks, per the US Food and Drug Administration (USDA). The egg yolks are really the big difference, as they are what provides the velvety, rich texture associated with custard. Without the egg yolks, you basically have regular ice cream.
 

Difference in Processes

The process in which the frozen treats are made is another area which leads to some distinction between custard and ice cream. Most ice cream machines pump air into the product as part of the process. This is called Overrun and most machines run at 100% Overrun, meaning that half of the ice cream delivered to the customer consists of air. Frozen custard machines use less air and churn the dessert. Most machines run at 15-30% Overrun, causing the custard to more dense, creamy and free of ice crystals. The feel of the custard is different than the ice cream, it's almost a silky texture.

In addition to the air differences between ice cream and custard, temperature also plays a role. Ice cream is created with a temperature between 22 and 24F, which can allow ice crystals to form. The ice cream is stored at 10F, allowing it to harden. Frozen custard is made between 16-20F, allowing it to freeze faster and making the product much smoother than ice cream. The custard is stored at 18F, which lets the custard stay soft and creamy.

Difference in Presentation

Frozen custard is at its best when it is eaten fresh, the moment it comes out of the machine. Ice cream can be enjoyed even months after it is produced. This is why you rarely see frozen custard in grocery stores.
 

The Similarities

Both ice cream and custard can be decadent treats. Extra flavors and ingredients can be added to the frozen concoctions, allowing customers to have exactly what they want to satisfy their sweet tooth. 

Electrofreeze custard machines allow you to serve this creamy dessert consistently and reliably. Contact us today to learn more about all of our frozen treat machines.

3/27/2019

Turn Flavors Up To "9"!

 

 

Sometimes the hardest part about loving ice cream or frozen yogurt is deciding which flavor to choose! Fortunately, Electro Freeze has you covered with our 9 Flavor Fuzionate (44RMTFB).
 
Even if you don't have a lot of room for equipment, the Fuzionate offers nine flavors in a small space. The machine is easy to operate, all it takes is the push of one button to select the flavor and dispense the product. The ease-of-operation continues with the set-up portion of the machine. The syrup adjustments are easy to make and there are no complicated attachments.
 
But don't let the ease of this machine make you think it can't hold its own against bigger and more complicated equipment. It can handle high volumes of product and can dispense a wide variety of frozen treats. 
 
  • Ice Cream
  • Custard
  • Sorbet
  • Water Ice
  • Yogurt
  • Gelato
 
We've teamed up with several syrup suppliers, providing you with a large selection of flavors for your machine. You can customize your offerings as you wish, making your treats your own. 
 
Whether you are looking for a machine for your ice cream store, cafeteria, buffet, or other high traffic location, the 9 Flavor Fuzionate is ready to help you make some happy customers! 
 
Electro Freeze has been making frozen treat machines since 1929, so we've learned a thing or two over the years. We've worked hard to make our equipment easy to use and maintain and they take up only as much space as is needed. With dimensions of 24"W x 33"L x 70"H, the Fuzionate is easy to place just about anywhere. 
 
Contact the experts at Electro Freeze to help expand your profits, raise your ROI, and satisfy your customers. We offer everything you need in a frozen treat machine with quality equipment, marketing materials, and an efficient service and support team. We look forward to working with you and helping you succeed!

3/15/2019

 

A New Way to Keep Cool

ElectroFreeze is proud to introduce our newest innovation, the B12E and B24E Batch Freezer! This freezer is perfect for grocery stores, micro creameries, Italian Ice stores, artisan ice cream stores, and more. 

The B12E has a wide selection of features, including:

  • Oversized Feed Hopper
  • Cam Door Latch
  • UL Guarding
  • Rinse Hose
  • Adjustable Shelf
  • Integrated Timer
  • Extra Large Discharge Chute
  • Scroll Compressor Technology

These features allow for a more energy efficient machine that also makes dispensing and cleaning easier and faster. The machine is perfect for everything from ice cream to sherbet to gelato and everything in between. 

Even thouh the B12E and B24E Batch Freezer provides major results, it doesn't take up a lot of room. Measuring around 24"W x 36"L x 53"H, the freezer can find a home just about anywhere, no matter the size of your location. The freezer is great for cafeterias, shoppes, restaurants, and just about anywhere you want to provide a delicious and consistent frozen treat of ice cream, custard, gelato, sorbet, Italian ice, or sherbet.

Electro Freeze is so sure of this product, that we're offering a new extended warranty*: 3 Year Parts, 1 Year Labor, and 5 Year Compressor. You won't have to worry about the reliability and performance of the B12E and B24E. Electro Freeze stands behind these great freezers. Just like every other Electro Freeze product, this freezer is easy to use, maintain, and turn into profit!

If you want a product that is user-friendly with outstanding support and provides a quality frozen treat consistently, then give Electro Freeze a call. We'll be happy to answer any questions and show you how to have a great return on your investment. Electro Freeze provides colorful solutions and profitable results!

*See the warranty card for details.