Preparation Equipment

Browse our articles on preparation equipment and find primers on a wide variety of specific product categories, including articles on how to specify, when to replace products and much more.

Scale Calibration

When it comes to scales, basic rules of calibration are often overlooked. But the fact remains that extended usage, bad handling, electricity interruptions and other factors can impact the accuracy of this equipment.

Scale Terminology

  • Calibration: setting or correcting the scale
  • Checkweigher: scales used to verify predetermined weight within certain limits
  • Divisions: defines the amount of scale increments

Servicing and Maintaining Scales

Scales, available in either mechanical or electrical styles, are a standard and necessary piece of equipment in many commercial kitchens. They facilitate portion control, which is essential for maintaining consistent recipes and managing food costs.

Product Knowledge Guide: Scales

Although not always a staple in commercial kitchens, foodservice operators can use scales in a variety of foodservice applications.

Consultant Q&A: Slicers

Consultant Q&A: Dan Bendall, principal, FoodStrategy, Inc., Rockville, Md.

Slicer Cleaning and Maintenance Considerations

Properly cleaning and maintaining slicers is important to reduce the risk of bacteria growth and cross contamination. Although these units don’t require much maintenance, a number of procedures can help extend a slicer’s service life.

Product Knowledge Guide: Slicers

An increasing number of operators now slice fresh product on demand, including deli meats and cheeses for sandwiches and vegetables as ingredients, side dishes and garnishes.

Service Tips: Blast Chillers

Blast Chillers represent major investments for foodservice operations. To get the most out of your unit, be sure to follow some basic maintenance guidelines.

Product Knowledge Guide: Mixers

With the increasing popularity of from-scratch menus in today’s foodservice operations, mixers have become more of a mainstay in the back of house.

Service Tips: Refrigerated Prep Tables

From sandwiches to burritos to pizzas to salads, refrigerated prep tables play an important role in professional kitchens of every sort.

Product Knowledge Guide: Refrigerated Prep Tables

Refrigerated prep tables feature an area on top that provides a solid work surface and cooled compartments for sandwich, salad or pizza ingredients and a cooler below that holds pans of food at safe temperatures.

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