Prep Equipment

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Hot and cold food wells can be used in either the back or front of the house in cafeteria, buffet and catering applications. While countertop units have an outer shell and are portable, built-in units are fabricated into counters.

Although defined as a chain of hot food prep equipment, cooklines come in a variety of formats and are supported by equipment of all types. The type and size of the operation as well as its menu will dictate the makeup of the cookline.

Pizza prep tables are sturdy and seemingly simple pieces of kitchen equipment. These units need the same care as standard refrigerators and should not be abused by kitchen staffers.

The service life of food processors depends on use. Well-maintained units can last 8 to 10 years, but this equipment often needs replacing between 5 and 6 years. Failure to regularly clean and maintain a unit will eventually lead to food buildup under the blade and bowl, which will result in an overworked and overheated motor and a shorter service life.

Slicers are used for meats, cheeses and veggies across all sorts of operations. While they seem simple to operate, the spinning blade represents a safety risk, and they must be well-maintained to work effectively long term.

Operators typically use food processors for small batches, except in institutional settings, where larger volumes of cheese, vegetables and fruit are used. When choosing a food processor for prep areas, start by determining the operation’s production needs. Look at what type of prep is necessary, along with the volume and capacity.