Need help with humidity control...

Discussion in 'Professional Chefs' started by soignee, Nov 20, 2013.

  1. soignee

    soignee

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    I would like to begin dry curing meats in our restaurant.  I am in SW Florida and my only option to cure is in a walk in.  It runs about 42 degrees on a consistent basis.  Any ideas on how to segregate an area of the walk in and maintain a 60-70 percent humidity level?  Space is not an issue, reconfiguring the space is an issue but I have several areas that allow me 3-4 feet in vertical space and horizontal space is unlimited.  Has anyone had experience with this issue?  Thanks in advance.
     
  2. chefedb

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    You would have to build a box inside frig that has a doopr that closes, and put in a dehumidafyer.  The fridge itself is to wet, plus door opens and closes therefore no uniformity of temps.
     
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  3. soignee

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    Thanks Chef, walk in's have very low humidity, in the 20% range.  I am trying to increase the humidity to the 60-70% range, but only in a small area of the walk in.  Temperatures in the kitchen itself run 75-95 degrees (we have awesome ac!) which is too high to dry cure salami, sausages and the like.  Also, I don't think I was clear that I am getting ready to produce dry cured sausage etc... rather than dry age meats.  I am trying to avoid having to build a curing area or box out of an old reach in or a stand up fridge as we have NO storage space in our kitchen.  Thanks again.
     
  4. cacioepepe

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    I'm no expert, I'm just thinking as rational as I can.  Possible to separate your spaces with the plastic curtains we use for walk in doors?  I would think that having your lower humidity section where your walk in blows cold air is better.  The other space would then be absent of the drying effect of wind.  In regards to raising humidity you could use the electric humidifiers.  Lexans of water?  

    Not that its my problem, but what if the DOH comes in?
     
  5. cheflayne

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    What about a cabinet and or box with an electronic cigar humidifier? The one below does need to be plugged into an electrical outlet, but they also make battery operated ones.


    The new Cigar Oasis II XL is an electronic cigar humidifier, which accurately controls the humidity for large armoires and display cases. It is a self-contained unit with the electronics in the upper section and the distilled water reservoir in the lower section ready to operate once you fill with water and plug it into an outlet.

    Two additional fans are part of every unit, and these are on all the time to assure that air is always moving in the controlled space. The humidity control is factory set at 70% RH, but is fully adjustable to suit your needs. When the humidity drops below the desired level, a red LED light turns on and the control blower turns on to replace the humidity. This allows the Cigar Oasis II XL to always keep your cigars fresh. Cigar Oasis II XL now uses the microprocessor electronics to control humidity accurately and display it. The remote display has a six foot extension that can be located wherever the user wishes to mount the display with control buttons to set the humidity. When humidity drops below set point for over two hours, the display flashes indicating low water or major leak in humidor.

        Water reservoir is user refillable

        Uses only 100% distilled water, no chemicals

        Remote display and humidity adjustments controls

        Includes circulation fans to maintain uniform humidity

        Suitable for large humidors, armoires, display cases etc. (Up to 60 cu feet)

    Measurements:6.5" wide x 6" high x 13" long
     
  6. kingfarvito

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    for such a small space I would imagine a house hold humidifier would do what you need.