Refrigeration as a modern invention has become so common in today’s world that its usefulness often goes unappreciated by people. In fact, we can easily say that refrigeration is taken for granted, especially when it comes to its importance not only in the safety and quality of food in homes, but also to the ongoing viability and profitability of commercial establishments and businesses.
To remedy this, we’ve assembled the following list of benefits of refrigeration that underline and emphasize just how important it is to both sectors of society.
Refrigeration allows homes and businesses to store their food for longer periods of time
Food is one of the most important resources in the world. After all, people need it to survive and live long, healthy lives. It’s also one of the most perishable, with many specific food types spoiling and becoming completely inedible when left in room temperature for hours or even mere minutes. This is especially true when it comes to fresh food sources, such as meat, fish, and vegetables.
What causes this spoilage?—microorganisms, which naturally exist on all food items and even on human bodies. When specific types of food is stored improperly, either in open air or at room temperatures, these microorganisms can grow unchecked, thus breaking down the food item they’re inhabiting.
With refrigeration, homes and businesses can store fresh food sources for longer periods of time. By keeping them in low temperatures, refrigerators and freezers inhibit the growth and activity of the microorganisms themselves, effectively lengthening the period in which the food source stays edible. Modern breakthroughs such as the use of miniature motors for electric refrigeration valves, which allow for more efficient flow and control of refrigerant—a key element in refrigeration—also helps in making the cooling process take place faster. Miniature motors are used in many industries to improve their machinery’s utility and functionality.
For homes, refrigeration obviously helps with keeping the family healthy and fed with fresh and non-spoiled food. For commercial establishments such as restaurants, cafés, and diners, it helps business owners to continue doing business by preserving the ingredients and food items they need to serve their customers. Besides this, refrigeration also helps both in keeping their costs down by extending the lifetime of their perishables and preventing wastage.
Refrigeration helps in the safe transportation of food and other perishable items across great distances.
Before refrigeration, transporting perishable goods such as fresh meat or fish across great distances used to be challenging, if not outright impossible. These journeys take time to complete, even with today’s high-speed modes of transportation. Even the shortest distance could result in perishable cargo spoiling in the middle of the journey—which would not only cause financial loss to those counting on the cargo to get to its destination intact, but also for those who are counting on buying the cargo in the first place.
Refrigeration technology used in conjunction with fast and efficient modes of transportation can help with ensuring that highly perishable food items stay fresh and edible during the entirety of the trip. In fact, modern breakthroughs in refrigeration and cold storage technology has practically minimized and even eliminated the risk of food going bad during long-distance transport, making it so that food arrives at practically the same condition that they were in when they left their point of origin.
Homes benefit from this by having access to fresh food from faraway sources without having to travel all the way to those sources themselves. Thanks to refrigeration, these food items can get delivered to nearby shops and groceries without spoiling. As for businesses and commercial establishments, they benefit in pretty much the same way, with the food items being delivered either to them directly or to a nearby source they can easily purchase from.
Refrigeration makes certain seasonal food types become available all year round
Many food types, especially those occurring in nature (such as specific types of produce, fish, and meat) are often seasonal, which means that they can only be bought and consumed during certain times of the year. As such, people in the past used to rely on preservation methods such as smoking, salting, and curing to ensure that these food types can be enjoyed even long after their season of availability is over. When refrigeration became available, seasonal foods also became more readily available to homes and businesses all year round, which meant food products don’t always have to be smoked, salted, and cured anymore.
These huge benefits explain why refrigeration is so important to households and commercial establishments. Without refrigeration, not only are these benefits impossible to acquire from any alternative method, but the serious effects of food spoilage—food scarcity, hunger, and rising food costs—will come to bear.