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Pacojet is a kitchen appliance for professionals[1] that micro-purees deep-frozen foods into ultra-fine textures (such as sorbets, ice creams, farces, mousses, soups, concentrates, doughs, masses) without thawing. Manufactured in Switzerland, the Pacojet is sold worldwide for hotel, restaurant and catering gastronomy.


The pacojet system was invented by Wilhelm and Andreas Maurer from Zürich in the 1980s.[citation needed] They sold the patent to the investor Gregor Staub who founded the company PacoJet in 1988 together with two partners from Müswangen (LU) in Switzerland.[citation needed] In 2012, the Pacojet 2 was launched, followed by the Pacojet Junior in 2017 and the Pacojet 2 PLUS in 2018.[citation needed]

Pacojet AG is headquartered in Zug, Switzerland and is supported by a network of importers and distributors around the globe.[citation needed]


Fresh ingredients are placed into the Pacojet beaker and frozen for at least 24 hours at – 22 °C/-8 °F. The beaker is then attached to the Pacojet machine and the number of portions desired is selected.[2] Its blade spins downward with at 2,000 rpm, shaving a micro-thin layer off the top of the block of deep-frozen ingredients.[3] This process is called "pacotizing", a verb coined to describe the unique function of the Pacojet.[4] The Pacojet operates in a sealed mode with a pressure of 1.2 bar / 17 lb. in.[citation needed]

In the press[edit]

In May 2005, chef Shea Gallante referred to the Pacojet as "one of the premiere inventions of the past 10 to 15 years."[5]

In October 2010, Forbes wrote that the Pacojet "has developed a bit of a cult following among tech-obsessed foodies without cash-flow issues… The PacoJet turns the ice cream making process inside out, using a lot of exquisitely calibrated machinery in the process."[6]

In 2011, Modernist Cuisine named Pacojet "must-have tool for the modernist kitchen" in its top-ten list.[7]

In popular culture[edit]

The Pacojet is referenced in the 2022 film The Menu.[8]


  1. ^ Uudet suomalaiset ravintolat esittäytyvät (New Finnish restaurants in limelight), Kauppalehti ("you also need the Pacojet, not yet common at homes") accessed 29.3.2012 (in Finnish)
  2. ^ Perez-Simons, Mariela. "Pacojet - The Culinary Professionals' Choice For Making Gourmet Sorbet, Ice Cream, Gelato, And More". Article Dashboard. Retrieved 1 June 2012.
  3. ^ Duffy, Jill (May 28, 2011). "15 High Tech Cooking Tools for BBQ Season".
  4. ^ Lowell, Jennifer (June 27, 2008). "Super Sorbet Shaver".
  5. ^ Delucia, Matt (May 2005). "Technology in Restaurants". Restaurant Insider.
  6. ^ Gomes, Lee (October 14, 2010). "The $4,000 Ice Cream Maker". Forbes. Retrieved 1 June 2012.
  7. ^ Nathan Myhrvold; Chris Young; Maxime Bilet (2011). Modernist Cuisine: The Art and Science of Cooking. The Cooking Lab. ISBN 978-0-9827610-0-7.
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