You Need to Read This If Your Restaurant Offers Seafood

At PJP we’re always looking for ways to help our customers. And if we’ve learned anything over the last 55 years of operating in the foodservice industry, we’ve learned this: Seafood is tricky.

Seafood is for sure a customer favorite, but making sure your seafood is of the highest quality is a very tricky process. PJP has talked to a lot of incredible chefs in the industry to figure out the secret. This is what we found:

“Maintaining the chain of temperature from the time seafood is harvested until it is cooked is the single most important factor in determining quality … For every 10 degrees over 32F, the shelf life is cut in half.”
– Chef Tenney Flynn
GW Fins, New Orleans, LA

Just how long did those fresh fish fillets sit out on a wooden cutting board in the hot kitchen while you pulled out the pin bones one-by-one?  How many degrees of temperature did those fillets rise before you got them packed in ice and returned to the walk-in? 10 degrees? 20 degrees? More? And who knows how much product and how many dollars were thrown away because you didn’t know the importance of temperature management.

The Solution

You Need to Read This If Your Restaurant Offers Seafood

“Okay, PJP,” you’re thinking. “If temperature management is so important, what can I do to ensure that my seafood is properly received and stored without causing excess spoilage?” Great question. A great solution is an Iceless Fish Cutting Station designed and built by Unified Brands under their Randell moniker. It was designed for convenience, and to expedite the fish prepping process while maintaining cold temperatures throughout.

Perhaps the most notable features of the Fish Station are the FX Precise Temperature Drawers. FX Drawer technology holds fish precisely at the optimal temperature of 31F. The FX Drawers do not require ice, and tests show that they preserve the quality and palatability of fresh fish much longer than a typical walk-in set at 38F.

Also impressive is the frost-top work surface and refrigerated cutting boards. The kitchen may be hot, but the cutting boards will help keep fish cold while filleting, deboning and portioning.

A full-length pitched trough runs behind the work surface and provides a great place to throw scraps while prepping fish. It empties into a scrap sink on the left.  The scrap sink has a removable stainless steel cover and overhead shelf. The Fish Station also features a raised refrigerated rail with drain.

The Randell Iceless Fish Cutting Station was carefully designed using advice and input from professional chefs. It provides a convenient and sanitary area for fish preparation, and saves money by minimizing waste and extending the shelf life of fresh fish. For more information click here or go to

Worried that fish is getting too warm during the prep process? Do you have any questions about the Randell Iceless Fish Cutting Station? Let us know!


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Drew Gobrecht

Community Relations Manager

As a marketing professional working for Penn Jersey Paper, I pride myself in my ability to create quality, fresh, and relevant digital content consistently. As we all know, in today's internet-based marketing world, quality content is king. I strive to always be enhancing the customer experience here at PJP by writing of relevant blog posts, posting informative social media updates, and composing detailed product descriptions. As someone who relishes the opportunity to be creative in my job, I find that I thoroughly enjoy this work. I am excited for the opportunity to continue to grow in my marketing career and am excited for what the future holds.

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