Tracking food temperatures is a serious matter of compliance–but if that’s all it is in your restaurant, you’re missing out on a huge opportunity to use that data to make your operation more automated and resilient.
The old-school method of using analog thermometers to manually track and log temperatures is more a burden than an asset. But it doesn’t have to be that way—enter the restaurant temperature monitoring system.
We’ll show you how to build an efficient temperature monitoring system of temperature records, automatic alerts, and corrective actions that turns old-school logbooks into a fully automated process.
In the article, we’ll break down:
Ready to start using your temperature data for something useful? Here’s how:
A temperature monitoring system is only as good as its thermometer—the fundamental starting point of the entire process.
Your choice of thermometer can make or break the effectiveness of your system. After all, an inaccurate reading or a failure to record temperatures consistently can throw the entire process out of sync.
The four most common types of restaurant thermometers are:
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When choosing a thermometer type for your temperature monitoring system, keep the following concerns in mind:
Ultimately, a bluetooth thermometer with remote monitoring capabilities will be the best option for restaurants with multiple locations. This type of thermometer guarantees:
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Having a designated place to compile temperature data is critical for operations, equipment management, and audits. Most restaurants opt for one of the following options:
When you need a secure location to store temperature data, there’s no better option than an optimized digital food safety system that’s stored in the cloud and accessible from any remote office.
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The last thing you want to deal with is inventory waste and spoilage after discovering the walk-in fridge was left open all night. The next element of the system is to develop corrective action triggers based on time and/or temperature, and react to potential problems in real-time.
Example: Customize system triggers to alert you and your managers via text message when the freezer temperature jumps above 40℉ during a power outage.
And, through the use of artificial intelligence, digital food safety and remote temperature monitoring systems like Squadle can also predict upcoming equipment failure. If a piece of equipment is recording inconsistent temperatures or is triggering too many alerts, predictive analytics will warn you of upcoming equipment issues.
Instead of hunting through old logbooks to identify potential equipment issues or dealing with surprise inventory spoilage, enjoy peace of mind and confidence with automated triggers from a temperature monitoring system.
When it’s time for a routine inspection or surprise health department audit, you need to be able to comply and recall past temperature data right away.
Whether via a logbook or a remote temperature monitoring system, you need information fast. And, digging through the old logbooks collecting cobwebs in the storage closet is not the best look.
Digital temperature monitoring systems, on the other hand, can configure dashboards and reports to display the data inspectors want and monitor it 24/7.
Whether it’s ambient temperatures from yesterday or the freezer temperature on the day you opened, all the data you need is at your fingertips.
Trying to build a remote temperature monitoring system all on your own is challenging, especially if you’re running multiple units.
Squadle’s technology makes it easier for multi-unit restaurants to:
With all this data in the palm of your hand, you’ll have confidence knowing that your restaurants and equipment are operating efficiently—without having to dig through logbooks.
Take control of your data and start using a temperature monitoring system with Squadle.