At Maxima, we understand that every hotel, restaurant and other professional kitchen has unique food packaging needs. From hotels and restaurants to delivery services or supermarkets, we have a solution to suit you. We offer a professional range of food packaging machines, including tray sealers, vacuum pack machines and vacuum sealers. Whether you're looking to preserve the flavour and nutritional value of your dishes, prevent spills during delivery or maintain a neater, more structured storage space, there is a sealing machine for food packaging that's right for your business. Read on for more information about the benefits of food packaging machines and the different types of catering equipment for food packaging we have available.
Why do you need to package food properly in your catering establishment?
It’s easy enough to simply put leftover food or other ingredients into a plastic bag and store them in the fridge or freezer. But if you already put a lot of time and energy into making sure your dishes taste fresh, why not extend that with good packaging solutions. Packing your products in the right way quickly prevents them from drying out and preserves not just the flavour, but also the nutritional value. Every hotel, restaurant and other professional kitchen can benefit from a commercial vacuum pack machine.
In addition, using a packaging machine also ensures more tidiness and structure in your fridge and freezer. It makes it easy to store the exact portions so that you can see precisely how much you have frozen. Packing neatly also saves space in your fridge. Leaving everything in cardboard packaging is not always ideal as it does not seal well, it is often half full and the cardboard absorbs moisture. This can affect the longevity of the product. A packing machine ensures that you are working a lot more efficiently and fully utilising your storage space.
What professional food packaging machines are there?
Considering how important packing food properly is, Maxima has multiple food packing machines in different types and sizes to suit your kitchen’s needs. Foodstuffs come in liquid or solid form, and the size and quantities will determine what type of packaging machine is best for your catering establishment. Maxima offers a range of tray sealers (also known as topsealers), vacuum pack machines and vacuum sealers. The differences are explained below:
What is a tray sealer?
Apack preformed trays and containers, so they are leak free. Tray sealers are ideal for catering companies, delivery services, hotels and restaurants, butcher shops and supermarkets. Thanks to the airtight packaging, meals for delivery arrive at their destination without spillage. Prepared meals stay fresh in the refrigerator and the shelves in the shop look neat and tidy.
(or topsealer) is a tabletop packaging machine that can be used to
What is a vacuum pack machine?
is used to pack food in an airtight manner. The packaging is then firmly sealed. You will often find these in larger restaurants, especially ones who specialise in meat dishes. Buying meat in bulk and then portioning it is a great way to keep costs down, and you can also add a marinade or other herbs and spices to the package before sealing, so the flavours are enhanced. These machines can range in size from countertop to freestanding, so you can choose the one that best suits your needs.
What is a vacuum sealer?
is a tabletop vacuum machine that doesn’t have a vacuum chamber. You use it to seal food airtight by using sealer rolls or vacuum bags that you place on the sealing bar. The package is vacuumed and then sealed. Because this machine is more compact, it is suited to use in almost any professional kitchen.
What are the advantages of vacuum packing in a professional kitchen?
In a professional kitchen, efficient food packaging is a must for maintaining the quality and hygiene of food. This is where a good food packaging machine comes in handy. Sealing machines for food packaging are designed to vacuum-pack food items, extending their shelf-life and enhancing the taste.
These machines are quick, adjustable and very easy to use, which makes them an essential part of any professional kitchen. By vacuum packing food, chefs can save space reduce food waste, and create more hygienic and organised storage. A good food packaging machine can also help in maintaining the texture, colour and freshness of food while keeping it free from bacteria and odours.
It's also worth noting that vacuum packing is the first step in sous vide cooking, a popular technique among professional chefs. All in all, a sealing machine for food packaging is a worthwhile investment for any catering business that values efficiency, hygiene and food quality.
One of the biggest advantages is that you can keep food up to five times longer. Throwing away food is a waste, as is buying new stock that’s not needed. Packing also takes very little time: the vacuum time, sealing time and temperature are not only quick, but also entirely adjustable, so you are fully in charge of the process.
Vacuuming also prevents freezer burn. Freezer burn can be recognised by 'snowflakes' of ice on the product and the dried out spots on frozen meat. Bread and vegetables are also prone to it if not packed correctly. Freezer burn occurs when air can get to the frozen food. By vacuuming packing your products before freezing, items like bread, meat, ice cream and vegetables stay fresh and also look more appealing.
When you vacuum pack your food, you create smaller, more compact packages. This saves space in your fridge or freezer, because you can store vacuumed bags neatly. Thanks to the transparency of the vacuum bags, you can also always see what you have frozen.
Vacuum packing food has many advantages:
- Prevents freezer burn during freezing
- Sous vide cooking starts with vacuum packing
- Food stays fresh for much longer: bacteria don't stand a chance
- Preservation of taste and smell: it prevents dehydration and the mixing of odours
- More efficient in the kitchen: it’s easier to pack in portions, so you throw away less
- Saves space: easy to label and saves space compared to separate packs and boxes
Which foods benefit from a professional vacuum machine?
A professional vacuum machine can benefit a wide range of foods and dishes, particularly those that require precise preservation and extended shelf-life. With its advanced technology, a professional vacuum sealer can maintain the quality and freshness of food items for up to five times longer than traditional storage methods.
Raw or cooked meat and fish, especially sensitive varieties such as salmon or tuna, are ideal candidates for vacuum sealing. The process can protect these products from bacterial growth and oxidation, which can lead to spoilage and flavour deterioration.
Fresh produce, particularly delicate fruits and vegetables, can also benefit greatly from vacuum sealing. By blanching the items first, you can reduce their oxygen content and prevent enzymatic activity, extending their longevity and maintaining their colour and texture.
Dairy products like hard cheeses and butter can be preserved effectively using a professional vacuum sealer. By removing excess air, you can slow the oxidation process and reduce the growth of mould, giving these products a longer shelf-life and a fresher taste.
Other food items, such as bread, pasta, and dry goods, as well as liquids like soups, sauces, and oils, can also benefit from vacuum sealing. By removing the air and excess moisture, you can prevent mould growth and maintain the original flavour and texture of the food.
What should you look for when buying a professional food packing machine?
When buying a food packaging machine for a professional kitchen, there are several key specifications to look for. Firstly, consider the sealing technology used. Do you need a machine that uses heat sealing, vacuum sealing or a combination of both?
Next, think about the types of products you will be packaging. Some machines may be better suited to packaging liquids, while others are better for solids or powders.
It is also important to consider the speed of the machine, as well as its capacity for producing larger volumes of packaging. Look for machines with easy-to-use controls and effective safety features.
Finally, make sure the machine meets your specific food packaging needs while also fitting within your budget. Overall, purchasing a reliable and efficient food packaging machine is essential for any professional kitchen looking to streamline their operations and ensure the quality of their products.
What are the features of Maxima's bar equipment?
As is always expected with Maxima, you can count on commercial catering equipment of the best quality. That’s why many of our appliances are made from stainless steel. Stainless steel can take quite a beating, so it protects the electrical parts of the appliance really well. The smooth material is also easy to clean. It’s these specific properties that ensure a longer life for your equipment. Last, but not least, stainless steel offers a stylish appearance.
Maxima's refurbished equipment
Even though all our machines are priced competitively, we also offer refurbished items for sale at a reduced price. These machines may have been demo models or returns, which are usually sent back as a precaution when the packaging has been slightly damaged during transport. You can get used food packaging equipment that has been thoroughly tested by our technical department at an even lower price. Browse our
to find your new second-hand food packaging machine today.