Is There A Blast Chiller For Home Use?
Looking for a blast chiller for home use is no fun at all, but I can tell you that yes, they do exist. In this post I want to offer some details about the models that are out there and some alternatives if you aren’t ready to make that large of an investment for your home.
To be blunt, any blast chiller that’s out there will work in your home, but they will look industrial. The picture to your right is this chiller, and it’s one of the smallest units out there. Unfortunately, it’s not the most attractive thing to add to your kitchen.
There is, however, a company out there called Irinox that has a chiller that they call Freddy. I’ve seen one of these before at a local chef’s house, but I didn’t think to ask where he got it from or how much it costs. Their website is very hard to navigate and most of the stuff there is a bad translation from Italian to English.
If you happen to have any clue where to buy these, will you please drop me a line in the comments?
Alternatives To Home Blast Chillers
The most versatile alternative is a simple chest freezer. If you’re making a sauce/soup/chili/liquid, you can use a frozen ice wand inside to cool it down even faster. In a restaurant setting I’ve been able to cool 5 gal. of hot soup down to less than 40° in two hours. Without the ice wand it still wouldn’t take a whole lot longer than that.
Sure, one of those Freddy blast chillers would look amazing in any kitchen, but is it really necessary? That’s for you to decide, but you can get similar results without it.