From Ice Houses to Freezer Trailers, We’ve Come A Long Way

From Ice Houses to Freezer Trailers

21st century technology has made keeping food items frozen a simple task; the fridge/freezer and standalone freezers are appliances that domestic and commercial kitchen owners wouldn’t be without.

Food and catering business owners know that it’s a legal requirement and would be foolish to try to operate without effective fridge and walk-in freezer solutions.  From hotels to restaurants, mobile caterers to country show stand holders, the food safety levels offered by freezers remove a wealth of anxiety and risks.

Whether it’s a small freezer tucked away in a corner or a row of commercial freezers in an expansive professional establishment, food stock must be kept in optimum condition so that no risks to health and safety are taken. No diner expects food poisoning as a side order with their meal.

It is also true that when a freezer breaks down panic ensues and a hire firm like Icecool Trailers  is contacted. These service providers are quick to deliver freezer trailer rental facilities and walk- in freezers because they comprehend the ramifications of being slow to respond.

We’re spoilt!

Our ancestors were forced to use their initiative to preserve foods, sometimes in ways we’d find inadequate today. They didn’t have a supermarket or wholesaler on every corner or a desire to kill their clientele so, as necessity is the mother of invention, they innovated.

Ice pits were the forerunner of ice houses and they dated back to the medieval period, none have survived to present day. The purpose of the pit was to pack ice so that its surface slowed down the thawing process for foods which needed to be preserved.

Country Life contributor Ellen Leslie BA (Hons) Dip. Cons. (AA) stated that it was in 1619 that King James I ordered the construction of the first modern ice house in Greenwich Park, London and others followed. These ice houses would have been built with temperature control and the strength of structure as core concerns; it could take 18 months for an ice house’s contents to thaw.

Most constructions were cylindrical, partially below ground level and were located near to a water source. A drainage hole for melted ice was a feature of all ice houses.

A pleasing number of 17th -19th century ice houses are still standing on the grounds of UK stately homes and opulent venues. Some are as large as houses and were shipped in from overseas for industrial uses.

Only with the invention of the refrigerator and freezer in the late 19th century and widespread purchases in the 20th century did ice houses become historical rather than functional features.

However, during the Second World War ice houses were commonly repurposed as air raid shelters by their owners.

Whilst the ice house presents an environmentally friendly and low carbon footprint option, the performance levels of appliances makes ice pits and houses much less viable and ridiculous in an emergency. If you find that you need additional or immediate freezer or cold storage rental facilities, call a hire firm, don’t set to work building.