Do your flame-grilled burgers and chicken breasts look and taste less than authentic? Would you like the product inside the package to look just as delectable as the picture on the outside?
Most flame-grilled products aren’t really flame grilled. They are fully cooked first, and then put through a bar marker so they look like they were cooked on a backyard grill.
But there’s a better way.
Using a real flame grill instead of just a bar marker will help you revitalize your product line with both a higher-quality product and a more efficient process.
Today’s consumers want high-quality food — better tasting, more natural, less of a “processed” feel. And they’re willing to pay for it.
For most companies, a flame grill means a bar marker — a machine that puts branded bar marks on a protein product after it comes out of the oven.
Unitherm’s flame grill isn’t just a bar marker. It’s a real flame grill that goes before the oven and contributes to the cooking process. Reversing the typical process improves quality in several ways:
A traditional meat cooking process looks like this:
In this process, the product is already fully cooked before it enters the bar marker. The bar marker adds more energy to the product, which both degrades the quality and reduces yield. In fact, the difference in yield savings gained by grilling pre- vs post oven can be 6-8% improved.
Here’s an alternative:
In this process, the energy put into the product during flame grilling becomes part of the cooking process. This increases the efficiency and yields of the line by decreasing both the energy required and the cooking time. This can increase the throughput of the oven by 10-25%.
|Traditional process with bar marker||Improved process with Unitherm’s flame grill|
|Time in oven||10 minutes||9 minutes or less|
|Time in bar marker/flame grill||30-40 seconds||30-40 seconds|
|Total processing time||~10:30||~9:30|
The results of these improvements can have a dramatic effect on your bottom line — many of our customers have seen demand for their flame-grilled products increase over the past few years. The effect will likely be multiplied in the future as consumers continue to want higher-quality, more authentic foods.
Unitherm’s flame grill is the only machine on the market with both a bar marker and ribbon burners. It can be used for all types of protein products, as well as vegetables such as onions, bell peppers, mushrooms, and more. Check out our video collection to watch the flame grill in action.