Talk to anyone who knows anything about food and they’ll tell you that bacteria can run wild between 40° and 140°.
If you leave your food within this threshold, there’s no telling what can happen to it or what you’ll end up serving customers. You need a wireless temperature monitoring system to ensure that you keep track of your food temperature at all times.
Here are the four biggest reasons to implement temperature monitoring at your restaurant.
1. Stay On Top of Safety Standards
When you install a wireless temperature system for your restaurant, you get a step ahead of inspectors and government agencies. One of the ways you’ll incur fines, even if you’re running a spotlessly clean restaurant, is when your refrigerator temperatures drop. With wireless temperature monitoring, your refrigeration is constantly on point at all times.
If the temperature drops below a given threshold, you’ll know right away. If you see inspectors walking through your door, you can go onto your app and check the settings before they introduce themselves.
Refrigeration is paramount when it comes to keeping food safe. Food that gets warm beyond essential safety standards is at risk of growing mold and bacteria. It becomes ripe faster or ages more quickly.
Food safety is important for ensuring that no one gets sick at your restaurant and that you never serve food beyond its safety range. Serving unsafe food leads to sick customers who, if they prove the food came from you, seek recourse through lawsuits or bad reviews. If you incur a few bad reviews online from unsafe food, prepare yourself for a steep drop-off in how much profit you’ll make and how many customers you’ll have.
2. Save Money on Inventory
Temperature monitoring allows for a constant eye on the quality of your food. When you ensure that your food is lasting as long as possible, you save on your bottom line. Food that is well stored and refrigerated lasts longer than food in an unevenly kept fridge or freezer.
When you fail to keep an eye on the temperature of a freezer, you risk serious damage. Meat and frozen goods are often the most expensive inventory that any restaurant keeps. When your freezer is on the fritz, you won’t know what temperature it is from hour to hour.
With a wireless temperature monitoring system, you’ll ensure that nothing in your freezer ends up thawing out and aging too fast. You’ll also make sure that nothing in your freezer gets freezer burned.
When your inventory gets damaged or is stored improperly, you make one of two decisions. Either you serve it to your customers and hope they don’t notice the change in quality or you throw it out to maintain the quality of service you provide. It’s a lose-lose situation created by the fact that you don’t have a wireless temperature monitor telling you what to do.
3. Save on Staffing Costs
Having people to hang out at your restaurant around the clock to monitor your storage and temperature is a costly venture. However, at a large facility or a major restaurant, checking temperatures every few hours is essential to meet safety regulations and save on inventory.
When balancing out these two costs, staffing your restaurant with a monitor seems like a good idea. However, if you can monitor this system 24/7 with a wireless temperature system, you’ll save thousands every month on staffing.
Use your staff to handle more complicated tasks when you outfit them with a wireless device or a notification system for temperature faults. Rather than having to pay for people to hang out around the clock to do busy work, give them work that contributes more to your restaurant.
You’ll increase productivity or get the chance to eliminate some staff altogether. Given that payroll is one of the biggest costs to any business, applying constant pressure on budgets, the benefit of eliminating work is clear. Get more work done or save more money with a wireless temperature monitoring system.
4. Give Customers The Finest In Dining
Ask any chef and they’ll tell you that the most important part of creating a perfect meal is to have the perfect ingredients. That’s why so many restaurants work so hard to source the best ingredients on the planet for their customers. Sourcing the best ingredients is a fantastic way to give your customers the best, but it’s not worth the work if you end up destroying them before you use them.
The best way to destroy your ingredients is through improper storage. Poorly stored ingredients kept in faulty freezers or refrigerators ensure that your food doesn’t match the quality that your customers expect.
You’ll have angry customers at one side and a frustrated back of the house, bitter that their greens are wilted and their meat won’t cook correctly. You’ll also end up with an angry front of the house staff dealing with customers who leave crummy tips or who send food back because there’s something wrong.
Fine dining and even casual dining demand a degree of attention to detail. Failing to deliver on those details leaves both customers and staff disappointed. Wireless temperature monitoring gives you the foresight to see when you need to make an emergency run to a store or if you should take something off the menu.
A Temperature Monitoring System Saves Headaches
There’s no telling the number of headaches you’ll go through when you’re trying to balance the fluctuating temperatures of your equipment at your restaurant.
The work will take up hours of your time that could be better spent on other things. A temperature monitoring system ensures that you get notified when problems arise but otherwise, the rest of the system is on autopilot.
To learn more about why temperature monitoring keeps you compliant with regulations, check out our coverage here.