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Blast Chiller

Blast chillers speed up the chilling process and safely reduce the temperature of hot food while preserving the quality and appearance of the food. They are the perfect choice for foodservice operators interested in saving food preparation time and increasing productivity in the kitchen.

Commercial Blast Chillers

Most commercial blast chillers can preserve food for up to 5 days as they use microcrystals to rapidly bring the temperature of food down. Blast chillers can chill a variety of foods, from bakery items to vegetables to meats.  Blast chillers usually have removable and adjustable shelving so food pans or sheet pans can safely be stored at very low temperatures. In addition, some units provide hard and soft chilling which gives the operator control over the temperature during the chilling process.

Alto-Shaam Blast Chiller

Alto-Shaam is a foodservice equipment provider that delivers a full line of products designed for the precise needs of their customers. The Alto Shaam blast chiller line includes a worktop chiller that allows foodservice operators to chill foods without sacrificing valuable floor space in the kitchen. They also have roll-in blast chillers and self-contained units that contain dual refrigeration systems. Alto Shaam’s QuickChiller™ blast chillers can be used to chill just about any type of food, from hearty roasts to seafood, dense sauces, casseroles, and delicate vegetables.

American Panel Blast Chiller

American Panel’s blast chillers range in size from countertop to under-counter, roll-in, reach-in, and roll-thru units. You’re able to configure shelves to best fit your needs with removable and adjustable shelving. As experts in refrigeration and controlled cooling for more than 50 years, American Panel Corporation has a complete series of blast chillers and blast freezers that are perfect for any foodservice operator that wants to preserve the flavor, texture, and appearance of their food, build customer satisfaction, and increase profitability. You spend countless hours perfecting those great recipes with the best ingredients. Now it’s time to make sure they maintain that great flavor and appearance with a quality American Panel blast chiller.

Beverage Air Blast Chiller

Beverage-Air is a global brand leader in foodservice equipment, from food prep tables to deli cases and blast chillers. They offer a comprehensive range of refrigeration and food service equipment to meet a variety of industry needs.  The blast chillers from Beverage-Air will quickly and safely bring your food out of the temperature danger zone while maintaining food quality and appearance. With countertop units and roll-in blast chillers, as well as reach-in and durable stainless steel shelving, they will reduce the temperature of your food both straight from the oven and uncooked as well. Beverage-Air blast chillers can monitor temperatures easily with an integrated core temperature probe. You can strengthen your bottom line while satisfying customers with a Beverage Air blast freezer that will help your food maintain its flavor, texture, and appearance.

Irinox Blast Chiller

Irinox, founded in 1989 in Corbanese, Italy, has introduced the concepts of rapid cold and high quality preservation to catering, pastry, ice cream, bread making and the food industry. The Blast Chillers and Shock Freezers from Irinox are internationally renowned for their quality and ability to speed up the chilling process of food, helping foodservice operators to increase productivity, reduce energy consumption, and reduce food waste. In addition, they help to reduce food costs and increase food quality and safety, all without compromising the taste, flavor, and aroma of the food. With a variety of sizes and styles, we’re sure you will find the Irinox Blast Chiller or Shock Freezer that will be the perfect fit for your kitchen.

Randell Refrigeration Blast Chiller

Randell blast chillers allow foodservice operators to provide enhanced food quality, safety, high-volume production accuracy, and increased savings. They are engineered to sense food temperature with a standard probe that allows operators to meet all federal food safety regulations for cooked products. With Randell blast chiller units that are under-counter and upright, with electronic digital controls and various pan capacities, it’s easy to protect the quality, flavor and shelf life of batch-cooked foods. By cooling most food to 40°F within 90 minutes, Randell’s blast chillers meet and even exceed safe cooling of pre-cooked products.

Victory Refrigeration Blast Chiller

The blast chillers Victory Refrigeration has produced for the past 65 years are the reason they’re considered a leading manufacturer of commercial foodservice refrigeration products. With a focus on providing their customers with unsurpassed value, excellent customer service, and the highest quality, Victory blast chillers have innovative, technologically advanced designs. The reach-in, self-contained blast chiller from Victory provides efficiency, reliability, durability, and, most importantly, food safety. Programmable controls, LCD temperature displays, HACCP monitoring, and a sleek, front of the house design make Victory’s blast chiller a great choice for any food service operation.

Common Questions about Blast Chiller

How much do blast freezers cost?

The prices for blast chillers depend on the size, quality, and type of unit. They can range from the low thousands to $20,000 plus.

Do I need a blast chiller?

A blast chiller is a great product if you need to save time on food prep, adhere to food safety standards, and increase the overall efficiency in your kitchen.

How long does a blast chiller take to cool food down?

Designed to bring the temperature of food down from 160° F to about 40° F, most blast chillers can do this in 90 minutes or less.  

Additional Related FAQs:

What does a blast chiller do?

A blast chiller works by blowing chilled air onto the food inside the unit, rapidly cooling the core temperature of the food. Depending on whether or not the food is hot, cold, or room temperature, most blast chillers also come with different settings that you are able to choose from.

Why do you need a blast chiller?

You need a blast chiller if you want to decrease the chances of bacteria growing on your food products and causing foodborne illnesses. Food safety, along with lengthening the shelf life of food, decreasing food waste, and maintaining food quality, taste, appearance, and texture are all excellent reasons to have a blast chiller.

How cold does a blast chiller get?

A blast chiller typically gets food down to 40° F or less, quickly and safely.

How much quicker is a blast chiller?

Most blast chillers can cool food that is about 160° F to 40° F in about 90 minutes or so. 

How do you use a blast chiller?

It’s important to read the directions that come with your blast chiller, but generally you’ll record the temperature of your food, place it in the blast chiller, close the door, set the temperature to what you need, and check the temperature when completed to ensure it is has properly chilled. 

What is the difference between a blast chiller and blast freezer?

The main difference between a blast chiller and a blast freezer is that a blast chiller cools down food that you’re going to use relatively soon (within 5 days) and a blast freezer freezes food that you can store for a prolonged period of time.

Is using a blast chiller a good cooling method?

It’s an excellent cooling method that works to bring the food temperature down quickly while minimizing ice crystals that can form during the cooling process. The ice crystals that can form will interfere with food quality, taste, and appearance - so the less they appear, the better.

What is the difference between a blast chiller and blast freezer?

The main difference between a blast chiller and a blast freezer is that a blast chiller cools down food that you’re going to use relatively soon (within 5 days) and a blast freezer freezes food that you can store for a prolonged period of time.

How to reducing food waste with blast freezing?

Blast freezing rapidly cools down the food, preventing large ice crystals from forming and minimizing bacterial growth in order to keep the food from spoiling.

In the United States, the USDA says that food waste is estimated at between 30-40% of the food supply, and many experts report that about 1/3 of all food produced in the world goes to waste. One of the leading causes of food loss is spoilage. The good news is we can cut down on food waste with some excellent products that can blast chill or blast freeze food so it can be preserved, reused or repurposed. This allows commercial kitchens and other foodservice operators to extend the shelf life of food for days or even months, thus reducing what they would have to throw out due to spoilage.  Blast chillers and shock freezers are leading the way in helping to reduce food waste throughout the world. 


Alto-Shaam is widely recognized in the foodservice industry as both the inventor of the Cook & Hold Oven and the leader in commercial combi-ovens. Proudly manufactured in the USA, Alto-Shaam's commercial cooking equipment can be found in a variety of industries, from foodservice, grocery and convenience stores to educational and healthcare facilities. Their holding cabinets, carving stations, heated drop-in food wells and blast chillers are only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Alto-Shaam's portfolio. Unlike other manufacturers of commercial cooking equipment, Alto-Shaam's holding cabinets feature their exclusive Halo Heat technology, which not only maintains food temperatures, but also prevents foods from drying out or overcooking. Even more, Alto-Shaam offers a variety of commercial cooking solutions for high-volume food production with their turn-key banqueting systems. To top it all off, Alto-Shaam not only manufactures all their commercial cooking equipment in America, but they also stock all their parts in the US as well. With everything Alto-Shaam has to offer, it's no wonder why they are so highly regarded in the commercial cooking equipment industry.