When it comes to the old adage "Time is money," nothing is truer than a cook's time in a commercial kitchen. Enter food prep equipment—handy little tools that speed up one's task tremendously. When you're itching to slice your prep time in half look to this collection of slicers, dicers, grinders, mixers, blenders, food processors and more. With the right prep equipment tools by your side, it's like having an extra pair of hands to help, and who wouldn't like that? Shop our selection of food prep equipment from the industry's leading manufacturers like Globe, Nemco, Vollrath, Robot Coupe and much more!
The biggest benefit to investing in food prep equipment is time, because as we all know, there's never a problem of having too much time in the kitchen. Dicing vegetables for salsa or slicing chicken breast for salad can be time consuming—that is, of course, unless you have some equipment that does it for you (and with the goal of having consistent cuts each and every time, it probably does it better too).
Time savers are enough of a benefit to convince anyone to invest in food prep equipment. But if you're still on the fence about your purchase, consider this: consistency. When it comes to controlling your food costs, the first place to start is executing your menu consistently. Think about it, a little extra here or there adds up quickly, and makes it difficult to place your weekly produce and protein orders; order too little and you don't have enough for service, and order too much and you've got a lot of waste on your hands. Even the humble slicer can help you create equal, uniform slices of say, tomato, so you know exactly how many sandwiches you can top from one tomato. That kind of accuracy and forecasting is an easy way to help you reduce food waste, which in turn reduces your food waste.
You can also find specialty food prep equipment like commercial meat grinders, juicers and more. This equipment enables you to put a unique spin on your menu easily. Maybe you're interested in making your own house made sausage blends, or perhaps you want to offer juice blends (a popular favorite with guests right now). Guests will love your unique spin on classic dishes, and you'll find that most are willing to pay a premium for it too.
Finally what should perhaps be the biggest benefit of all is the added safety that prep equipment provides to your staff. Without the cumbersome task of doing prep by hand, there's less risk that one will actually cut themselves with a knife. And when staff is in a rush to get prep work done in time, it's easier to become more careless, increasing your risk for a staff member's unexpected emergency room visit.
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