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.

Food Chopper Care and Maintenance Tips

Paul Mann, co-owner of Service Engineering Co., located in Asheville, N.C., says service agents generally do not deal with choppers as this equipment doesn’t tend to break easily. “We recommend the units be taken apart and cleaned daily with soap and water,” he says. “The most common problem is broken blades, which we can replace.”

To Replace or Repair a Food Chopper?

When a chopper does not operate properly, it can impact the quality of the food it prepares. Here are five factors to weigh when deciding whether to replace a chopper.

THE Quarterly Product Knowledge Guide: Breaders

There was a time when the popularity of frying breaded items was dropping off due to trans fat and calorie concerns, but with new, healthier oils, there has been a recent resurgence in these menu items.

What to Consider When Purchasing a Breader

Breaders are a good option for higher-volume operations that want more breading control and higher-efficiency production. There are a number of food applications for these units, including chicken, onion rings or blossoms, and vegetables that are battered, breaded and fried.

What to Consider When Purchasing a Juicer

When choosing a juicer, anticipating volume is critical. Operators can choose from a variety of juicers, depending on the application, speed of service needed and beverage type being created. Operators also need to determine what type of foods they will use as some juicers handle leafy greens and vegetables better than others.

THE Quarterly Product Knowledge Guide: Juicers

An increasing number of foodservice operations now take advantage of freshly squeezed juice on its own or as part of a breakfast, specialty beverage, cocktail or smoothie program due to the potentially high profit margins offered by these on-trend products. For this reason, commercial juicers are becoming more commonplace not only in quick- and casual-service restaurants but also in higher-end establishments with upscale bar menus. Operators can choose from various commercial juicing equipment, depending on their needs.

Specifying Standard Mixers

The type of mixer that’s best for an operation is mainly dependent on the menu, volume and application. These factors will determine whether a countertop or floor model is best as well as the necessary capacity.